alive

If you're alive, you're living — in other words, you're not dead. If your apple tree blooms in the spring, you'll know it's still alive after the long, cold winter.

Living things are alive — people, animals, plants — but things can be alive figuratively as well. You might, for example, talk about keeping optimism alive or keeping the school music program alive. The word is often used to mean "spirited" or "full of energy," too, as when a birthday party comes alive just as the magician and the pony arrive. Alive comes from the Old English phrase on life, "in living" or "in life."

Definitions of alive
  1. adjective
    possessing life
    “the happiest person alive
    “the nerve is alive
    “doctors are working hard to keep him alive
    “burned alive
    synonyms: live
    liveborn
    (of newborn infant) showing signs of life after birth; not stillborn
    viable
    capable of life or normal growth and development
    vital
    manifesting or characteristic of life
    animate
    endowed with animal life as distinguished from plant life
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    dead
    no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life
    asleep, at peace, at rest, deceased, departed, gone
    dead
    assassinated
    murdered by surprise attack for political reasons
    bloodless, exsanguine, exsanguinous
    destitute of blood or apparently so
    brain dead
    having irreversible loss of brain function as indicated by a persistent flat electroencephalogram
    breathless, inanimate, pulseless
    appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse
    cold
    lacking the warmth of life
    d.o.a.
    abbreviation for `dead on arrival' at the emergency room
    deathlike, deathly
    having the physical appearance of death
    defunct
    having ceased to exist or live
    doomed
    marked for certain death
    executed
    put to death as punishment
    fallen
    killed in battle
    late
    having died recently
    exanimate, lifeless
    deprived of life; no longer living
    murdered
    killed unlawfully
    nonviable
    not capable of living or developing successfully
    slain
    killed; `slain' is formal or literary as in "slain warriors"
    stillborn
    (of newborn infant) showing no signs of life at birth; not liveborn
    stone-dead
    as lifeless as a stone
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  2. adjective
    having life or vigor or spirit
    synonyms: animated
    enlivened, spirited
    made lively or spirited
    full of life, lively, vital
    full of spirit
    reanimated, revived
    given fresh life or vigor or spirit
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    unanimated
    not animated or enlivened; dull
    lifeless
    lacking animation or excitement or activity
    wan
    lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness
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  3. adjective
    (often followed by `with') full of life and spirit
    “she was wonderfully alive for her age”
    “a face alive with mischief”
    Synonyms:
    lively
    full of life and energy
  4. adjective
    mentally perceptive and responsive;"an alert mind"
    alive to what is going on”
    synonyms: alert, awake
    aware, cognisant, cognizant
    (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception
  5. adjective
    (followed by `to' or `of') aware of
    “is alive to the moods of others”
    Synonyms:
    sensitive
    being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others
  6. adjective
    in operation
    “keep hope alive
    “the tradition was still alive
    synonyms: active
    existent, existing
    having existence or being or actuality
  7. adjective
    capable of erupting
    “the volcano is very much alive
    synonyms: live
    active
    (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting
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