verb (used with object), un·lived, un·liv·ing.

to undo or reverse (past life, experiences, etc.): to unlive his crimes by making retribution.

Origin of unlive

First recorded in 1585–95; un-2 + live1
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Examples from the Web for unlive

Historical Examples of unlive

  • He might live them over or live them down, but unlive them he could not.

  • Thus they unlive their former lives, and commence men by forgetting that they ever have been boys.

  • Seeing the mishap from the shore, our Captain sung out to the boys to save whatever of the unlive stock in it they could.

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British Dictionary definitions for unlive



(tr) to live so as to nullify, undo, or live down (past events or times)
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