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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.

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