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verb (used with object),out·lived, out·liv·ing.
  1. to live longer than; survive (a person, period, etc.): She outlived her husband by many years.

  2. to outlast; live or last through: The ship outlived the storm. He hopes to outlive the stigma of his imprisonment.

Origin of outlive

First recorded in 1425–75, outlive is from the late Middle English word outliven.See out-, live1

synonym study For outlive

1. See survive.

Other words from outlive

  • outliver, noun

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How to use outlive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for outlive


/ (ˌaʊtˈlɪv) /

  1. to live longer than (someone)

  2. to live beyond (a date or period): he outlived the century

  1. to live through (an experience)

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