[ lahyvd, livd ]
/ laɪvd, lɪvd /


having life, a life, or lives, as specified (usually used in combination): a many-lived cat.

Nearby words

  1. live-out,
  2. live-tweet,
  3. liveable,
  4. livebearer,
  5. liveblog,
  6. lived-in,
  7. livedo,
  8. livedo reticularis,
  9. livedoid,
  10. livedoid dermatitis

Origin of lived

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at life, -ed3

Related formshalf-lived, adjective

Pronunciation note

Lived, meaning “having a certain kind or extent of life,” is not derived from the preterit and past participle of the verb live [liv] /lɪv/, but from the noun life [lahyf] /laɪf/, to which the suffix -ed has been added. The original pronunciation, therefore, and one still heard, is [lahyvd] /laɪvd/, which retains the vowel (ī) of life. Since the f of life changes to v with the addition of this suffix, as when leaf becomes leaved, this lived is identical in spelling with the preterit and past participle lived, and conflation of the two has led to the increasingly frequent pronunciation of this lived as [livd] /lɪvd/ in such combinations as long-lived and short-lived. Both pronunciations are considered standard.


[ 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

before 900; Middle English liven, Old English lifian, libban; cognate with Dutch leven, German leben, Old Norse lifa, Gothic liban Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lived


/ (lɪv) /

verb (mainly intr)

Word Origin for live

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


/ (laɪv) /



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 lived


[ līv ]


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 lived


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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