[ uh-lahyv ]
/ əˈlaɪv /
living (used for emphasis): the proudest man alive.
in a state of action; in force or operation; active: to keep hope alive.
full of energy and spirit; lively: Grandmother's more alive than most of her contemporaries.
having the quality of life; vivid; vibrant: The room was alive with color.
Electricity. live2(def 17).
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alive to, alert or sensitive to; aware of: City planners are alive to the necessity of revitalizing deteriorating neighborhoods.
alive with, filled with living things; swarming; teeming: The room was alive with mosquitoes.
look alive! pay attention! move quickly!: Look alive! We haven't got all day.
Related formsa·live·ness, nounhalf-a·live, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for look alive
/ (əˈlaɪv) /
(of people, animals, plants, etc) living; having life
in existence; activethey kept hope alive; the tradition was still alive
(immediately postpositive and usually used with a superlative) of those living; now livingthe happiest woman alive
full of life; livelyshe was wonderfully alive for her age
(usually foll by with) animateda face alive with emotion
(foll by to) aware (of); sensitive (to)
(foll by with) teeming (with)the mattress was alive with fleas
electronics another word for live 2 (def. 11)
alive and kicking (of a person) active and in good health
look alive! hurry up! get busy!
Derived Formsaliveness, noun
Word Origin for alive
Old English on līfe in life
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Idioms and Phrases with look alive (1 of 2)
Act lively, hurry up, as in Look alive! This job has to be finished today. This phrase, often used as an imperative, today is more common in Britain than in America. [Mid-1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with look alive (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with alive
- alive and kicking
- alive to
- alive with
- come alive
- eat someone alive
- look alive
- more dead than alive
- skin alive
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