verb (used without object), lived [livd] /lɪvd/, liv·ing.
verb (used with object), lived [livd] /lɪvd/, liv·ing.
Origin of live1
Related Words for live onhandle, withstand, last, recover, remain, bear, keep, live, weather, exist, endure, sustain, subsist, suffer, advance, extend, linger, pursue, reach, stay
verb (mainly intr)
Word Origin for live
- recorded in concert
- recorded in one studio take, without overdubs or splicing
- (of copy) not yet having been set into type
- (of type that has been set) still in use
Word Origin for live
Old English lifian (Anglian), libban (West Saxon) "to be, to live, have life; to experience," also "to supply oneself with food, to pass life (in some condition)," from Proto-Germanic *liben (cf. Old Norse lifa "to live, remain," Old Frisian libba, German leben, Gothic liban "to live"), from PIE root *leip- "to remain, continue" (cf. Greek liparein "to persist, persevere;" see leave). Meaning "to make a residence, dwell" is from c.1200. Related: Lived; living.
According to the Dutch Prouerbe ... Leuen ende laetan leuen, To liue and to let others liue. [Malynes, 1622]
To live it up "live gaily and extravagantly" is from 1903. To live up to "act in accordance with" is 1690s, from earlier live up "live on a high (moral or mental) level" (1680s). To live (something) down "outwear (some slander or embarrassment)" is from 1842. To live with "cohabit as husband and wife" is attested from 1749; sense of "to put up with" is attested from 1937. Expression live and learn is attested from c.1620.
1540s, "having life," later (1610s) "burning, glowing," a shortening of alive (q.v.). Sense of "containing unspent energy or power" (live ammunition, etc.) is from 1799. Meaning "in-person" (of performance) is first attested 1934. Live wire is attested from 1890; figurative sense of "active person" is from 1903.
Be financially supported by, subsist on, as in His pension is too small to live on. [Mid-1600s]
Continue to survive, especially unexpectedly, as in They thought the cancer would kill her, but Lucy lived on for another twenty years.
Remain in human memory, as in This book will live on long after the author's death.
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
- 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