[ ser-vahy-vuhl ]
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  1. the act or fact of surviving, especially under adverse or unusual circumstances.

  2. a person or thing that survives or endures, especially an ancient custom, observance, belief, or the like.

  1. Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) the persistence of a cultural trait, practice, or the like long after it has lost its original meaning or usefulness.

  1. of, relating to, or for use in surviving, especially under adverse or unusual circumstances: survival techniques.

Origin of survival

First recorded in 1590–1600; survive + -al2

Other words from survival

  • non·sur·viv·al, noun

Words Nearby survival Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use survival in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for survival


/ (səˈvaɪvəl) /

  1. a person or thing that survives, such as a custom

    • the act or fact of surviving or condition of having survived

    • (as modifier): survival kit

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