- to live longer than; survive (a person, period, etc.): She outlived her husband by many years.
- to outlast; live or last through: The ship outlived the storm. He hopes to outlive the stigma of his imprisonment.
Origin of outlive
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1. See survive.
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Examples from the Web for outlive
“Football will outlive all of us,” he said.Katie Sanders contributed to this report.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: September 21
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Sadly, Paul the Octopus did not outlive his impressive but unpopular World Cup predictions by long.The Amazing Tale of Paul the Psychic Octopus: Germany’s World Cup Soothsayer
July 12, 2014
Individuals often outlive their life expectancy by quite a lot, he says.Online Mortality Calculator Could Change Health Care—and Our Views on Death
January 15, 2012
Because given her genetics and ability to kick cancer in the shins, she is now surely going to outlive me."The Gift of Cancer"
February 22, 2010
Remember,” he tells Kissinger in the newly released tapes, “we are going to outlive our enemies.He's Ba-a-a-ack!
December 3, 2008
Never mind, Tom; bear on bravely, lad, and you'll outlive vexation.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
They did not outlive their own poetic sense of the wonder and mystery of the world.The American Mind
Do you think a woman can outlive the man she loves as I love you?The Eternal City
I never guessed that I was not going to outlive John Bigelow.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
It needed but a glance to see that she would not outlive the winter."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
- to live longer than (someone)
- to live beyond (a date or period)he outlived the century
- to live through (an experience)
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Word Origin and History for outlive
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