verb (used without object), lived [livd] /lɪvd/, liv·ing.

verb (used with object), lived [livd] /lɪvd/, liv·ing.

to pass (life): to live a life of ease.
to practice, represent, or exhibit in one's life: to live one's philosophy.

Verb Phrases

Nearby words

  1. liu pang,
  2. liu shao qi,
  3. liu shaoqi,
  4. liuzhou,
  5. livable,
  6. live and learn,
  7. live and let live,
  8. live axle,
  9. live birth,
  10. live by one's wits


Origin of live

before 900; Middle English liven, Old English lifian, libban; cognate with Dutch leven, German leben, Old Norse lifa, Gothic liban Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for live down

live down


(tr, adverb) to withstand the effects of (a crime, mistake, etc) by waiting until others forget or forgive it



verb (mainly intr)

to show the characteristics of life; be alive
to remain alive or in existence
to exist in a specified wayto live poorly
(usually foll by in or at) to reside or dwellto live in London
(often foll by on) to continue or lastthe pain still lives in her memory
(usually foll by by) to order one's life (according to a certain philosophy, religion, etc)
(foll by on, upon, or by) to support one's style of life; subsistto live by writing
(foll by with) to endure the effects (of a crime, mistake, etc)
(foll by through) to experience and survivehe lived through the war
(tr) to pass or spend (one's life, etc)
to enjoy life to the fullhe knows how to live
(tr) to put into practice in one's daily life; expresshe lives religion every day
live and let live to refrain from interfering in others' lives; to be tolerant
where one lives US informal in one's sensitive or defenceless position

Word Origin for live

Old English libban, lifian; related to Old High German libēn, Old Norse lifa




(prenominal) showing the characteristics of life
(usually prenominal) of, relating to, or abounding in lifethe live weight of an animal
(usually prenominal) of current interest; controversiala live issue
actuala real live cowboy
informal full of life and energy
(of a coal, ember, etc) glowing or burning
(esp of a volcano) not extinct
loaded or capable of explodinga live bomb
radio television transmitted or present at the time of performance, rather than being a recordinga live show
(of a record)
  1. recorded in concert
  2. recorded in one studio take, without overdubs or splicing
connected to a source of electric powera live circuit
(esp of a colour or tone) brilliant or splendid
acoustically reverberanta live studio
sport (of a ball) in play
(of rocks, ores, etc) not quarried or mined; native
being in a state of motion or transmitting power; positively connected to a driving member
  1. (of copy) not yet having been set into type
  2. (of type that has been set) still in use


during, at, or in the form of a live performancethe show went out live

Word Origin for live

C16: from on live alive

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Word Origin and History for live down
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Medicine definitions for live down




Having life; alive.
Capable of replicating in a host's cells.
Containing living microorganisms or viruses capable of replicating in a host's cells.

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Idioms and Phrases with live down

live down

Overcome or reduce the shame of a mistake, misdeed, or the like. It is often put in the negative, as in I'm afraid I'll never live down that tactless remark I made. [Mid-1800s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with live

  • live and learn
  • live and let live
  • live by one's wits
  • live dangerously
  • live down
  • live for the moment
  • live from day to day
  • live from hand to mouth
  • live happily ever after
  • live high off the hog
  • live in
  • live in each other's pockets
  • live in sin
  • live it up
  • live like a king
  • live on
  • live on borrowed time
  • live on the edge
  • live out
  • live through
  • live together
  • live up to
  • live wire
  • live with

also see:

  • alive (live) and kicking
  • as I live and breathe
  • close to home (where one lives)
  • (live from) day to day
  • fat of the land, live off the
  • high off the hog, live
  • in one's pocket (live in each other's pockets)
  • learn to live with
  • people who live in glass houses
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