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.
- self-sur·viv·ing, adjective
- un·sur·vived, adjective
- un·sur·viv·ing, adjective
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How to use survive in a sentence
Think of all the places you want to survive and start orderingSupporting restaurants, if you have the financial means, feels more important now than ever before.Overwhelmed by How to Help the Restaurant Industry? Make a List. | Erin DeJesus | November 20, 2020 | Eater
Instead, she said she has spent two weeks calling doctors and worrying about whether Mikula would survive her infection.As her partner struggles with covid-19, a quarantined Rachel Maddow pleads: ‘Don’t get this thing’ | Katie Shepherd | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
He said he hopes the Boy Scouts survive bankruptcy, but only after they are reorganized and held accountable.Boy Scouts must settle 95,000 abuse claims by next summer — or risk running out of cash | Samantha Schmidt | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Given such obstacles, 2020 was the year that the comics industry could have taken cover, merely trying to survive.2020 graphic novels and comic books: Five trends that defined the year | Michael Cavna | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
“Dear Edward,” by Ann NapolitanoA young boy, after surviving a plane crash that orphaned him, weathers public fascination as he tries to find a way forward.
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 DAILY BEAST
All 101 passengers survived but four were seriously injured.
The follow-up story is how those who survived both the competitive onslaught, as well as the recession, have adapted.
The wine cellar—one of the best in the world—survived World War II and is guarded around the clock.
Still, a handful of centuries-old establishments have survived and housed some pretty phenomenal history.
Even as a grown man his interest in the unhappy prince survived.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
Some he ordered off to the stables to get horses, for if Garnache had survived his leap and swum the moat, they must give chase.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
She survived him for quite a long period and helped her son Phileas win his success.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
India is really a republican country, and it is because it is that, that it has survived every shock hitherto delivered.Third class in Indian railways | Mahatma Gandhi
Other species survived by a retreat to more tropical regions, to return after the invasion had spent its force.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
British Dictionary definitions for survive
(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
- survivable, adjective
- survivability, noun
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