- being alive; living; alive: live animals.
- of, relating to, or during the life of a living being: the animal's live weight.
- characterized by or indicating the presence of living creatures: the live sounds of the forest.
- Informal. (of a person) energetic; alert; lively: The club members are a really live bunch.
- full of life, energy or activity: His approach in any business dealing is live and fresh.
- burning or glowing: live coals in the fireplace.
- having resilience or bounce: a live tennis ball.
- being in play, as a baseball or football.
- loaded or unexploded, as a cartridge or shell: live ammunition.
- made up of actual persons: to perform before a live audience.
- (of a radio or television program) broadcast while happening or being performed; not prerecorded or taped: a live telecast.
- being highly resonant or reverberant, as an auditorium or concert hall.
- vivid or bright, as color.
- of current interest or importance, as a question or issue; controversial; unsettled.
- moving or imparting motion; powered: the live head on a lathe.
- still in use, or to be used, as type set up or copy for printing.
- Also alive. Electricity. electrically connected to a source of potential difference, or electrically charged so as to have a potential different from that of earth: a live wire.
- (of a radio or television program) at the moment of its happening or being performed; not on tape or by prerecording: a program broadcast live.
- live one, Slang.
- a person who spends money readily.
- a person easily imposed upon or made the dupe of others.
Origin of live2
- 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
- (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)
- recorded in concert
- 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
- (of copy) not yet having been set into type
- (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
Word Origin and History for live one
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.
- Having life; alive.
- Capable of replicating in a host's cells.
- Containing living microorganisms or viruses capable of replicating in a host's cells.
Idioms and Phrases with live one
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