live-in

[ liv-in ]
/ ˈlɪvˌɪn /

adjective

Also sleep-in. residing at the place of one's employment: a live-in maid.
living in a cohabitant relationship.

noun

a live-in person.

Origin of live-in

1950–55; adj., noun use of verb phrase live in (a place)

Definition for live in (2 of 2)

live1
[ liv ]
/ lɪv /

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

Origin of live

1
before 900; Middle English liven, Old English lifian, libban; cognate with Dutch leven, German leben, Old Norse lifa, Gothic liban
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British Dictionary definitions for live in (1 of 3)

live in
/ (lɪv) /

verb (intr, adverb)

(of an employee, as in a hospital or hotel) to dwell at one's place of employment

adjective live-in

living in the place at which one worksa live-in maid
living with someone else in that person's homea live-in lover

British Dictionary definitions for live in (2 of 3)

live1
/ (lɪv) /

verb (mainly intr)

Word Origin for live

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

British Dictionary definitions for live in (3 of 3)

live2
/ (laɪv) /

adjective

adverb

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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Medicine definitions for live in

live
[ līv ]

adj.

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 in (1 of 2)

live in

1

Reside in one's place of employment or schooling, as in They wanted a baby-sitter who could live in, or Joe was planning to live in at the college. This expression is used primarily for domestic servants or students. [Late 1800s] Also see live out.

2

live in something. Continue in existence, memory, or some feeling. This sense appears in such phrases as live in the past, meaning “to concentrate on past memories,” or live in hope of, meaning “to continue anticipating that something will happen.” For example, Alice lived in the past; she had no interest in current events, or Jim lived in hope of getting a teaching post. Also see live in sin.

Idioms and Phrases with live in (2 of 2)

live

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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