live

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[ 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

Idioms for live

Origin of live

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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 on (1 of 2)

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 on (2 of 2)

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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Medical definitions for live on

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 on (1 of 2)

live on

1

Be financially supported by, subsist on, as in His pension is too small to live on. [Mid-1600s]

2

Continue to survive, especially unexpectedly, as in They thought the cancer would kill her, but Lucy lived on for another twenty years.

3

Remain in human memory, as in This book will live on long after the author's death.

Idioms and Phrases with live on (2 of 2)

live

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