alive

[ uh-lahyv ]
/ əˈlaɪv /

adjective

having life; living; existing; not dead or lifeless.
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).

Idioms

Origin of alive

before 1000; Middle English; Old English on līfe in life; see a-1

Related forms

a·live·ness, nounhalf-a·live, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for look alive

alive

/ (əˈlaɪv) /

adjective (postpositive)

Derived Forms

aliveness, noun

Word Origin for alive

Old English on līfe in life
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Idioms and Phrases with look alive (1 of 2)

look alive


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)

alive


In addition to the idioms beginning with alive

  • alive and kicking
  • alive to
  • alive with

also see:

  • come alive
  • eat someone alive
  • look alive
  • more dead than alive
  • skin alive
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