- to remain alive after the death of someone, the cessation of something, or the occurrence of some event; continue to live: Few survived after the holocaust.
- to remain or continue in existence or use: Ancient farming methods still survive in the Middle East.
- to get along or remain healthy, happy, and unaffected in spite of some occurrence: She's surviving after the divorce.
- to continue to live or exist after the death, cessation, or occurrence of: His wife survived him. He survived the operation.
- to endure or live through (an affliction, adversity, misery, etc.): She's survived two divorces.
Origin of survive
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Examples from the Web for survived
Drugeon survived an airstrike last year and is believed to be still at large, officials have said.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre
Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef
January 8, 2015
The follow-up story is how those who survived both the competitive onslaught, as well as the recession, have adapted.Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon
December 27, 2014
Still, a handful of centuries-old establishments have survived and housed some pretty phenomenal history.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
December 20, 2014
He spent 47 days on a raft and survived only to be captured by the Japanese.Dick Cheney vs. ‘Unbroken’
December 15, 2014
Craig-Lewis is survived by two children, a 16-year old son and a 16-month old daughter.The Mystery Death Of A Female Firefighter
December 13, 2014
But she knew that she had survived them, that some great calamity had fallen upon and destroyed them.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
Thacher was Avery's companion and survived to tell the tale.The Works of Whittier, Volume I (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Its effects were, however, beneficial to the villagers who survived.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
By this traffic Germany had survived for a century and a half.City of Endless Night
Hilary Grendon was a methodical man: that was the reason he had survived.Slaves of Mercury
- (tr) to live after the death of (another)he survived his wife by 12 years
- to continue in existence or use after (a passage of time, an adversity, etc)
- informal to endure (something)I don't know how I survive such an awful job
Word Origin and History for survived
early 15c., "act or condition of one person outliving another," originally in the legal (inheritance) sense, from Anglo-French survivre, Old French souvivre, from Latin supervivere "live beyond, live longer than," from super "over, beyond" (see super-) + vivere "to live" (see vivid). Related: Survived; surviving.