live

The verb live means remain alive. If you hope to live until you're 100, start eating vegetables.

When live rhymes with give, it's a verb that has to do with existing — being or staying alive, or making your home in a particular place, like when you say, "I live on the planet Earth for the time being." When live rhymes with hive, it is an entirely different word with a very similar meaning, an adjective that means "not dead", or "living". So you could describe your two pet fish by saying, "The one on the left, floating upside down, is the dead fish, and the one on the right is the live fish."

Primary Meanings of live

1.
vadj
have life, be alive
possessing life
2.
v
inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of
3.
v
support oneself
4.
adjadv
actually being performed at the time of hearing or viewing
not recorded
5.
adj
exerting force or containing energy
Full Definitions of live
1

v have life, be alive

“My grandfather lived until the end of war”
Synonyms:
be
endure, go, hold out, hold up, last, live on, survive
continue to live through hardship or adversity

v lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style

“we had to live frugally after the war”
Types:
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move
live one's life in a specified environment
dissipate
live a life of pleasure, especially with respect to alcoholic consumption
swing
live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style
live down, unlive
live so as to annul some previous behavior
wanton
indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life
vegetate
lead a passive existence without using one's body or mind
pig, pig it
live like a pig, in squalor
bushwhack
live in the bush as a fugitive or as a guerilla
buccaneer
live like a buccaneer
bach, bachelor
lead a bachelor's existence
eke out
live from day to day, as with some hardship
cash out
choose a simpler life style after questioning personal and career satisfaction goals

v pursue a positive and satisfying existence

“You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live

v continue to live through hardship or adversity

“The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents”
Synonyms:
endure, go, hold out, hold up, last, live on, survive
be
have life, be alive
exist, subsist, survive
support oneself
Types:
hold up, hold water, stand up
resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
perennate
survive from season to season, of plants
live out
live out one's life; live to the end

v have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations

“I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict”
“The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare”
“I lived through two divorces”
Synonyms:
experience, know
Types:
taste
experience briefly
live over, relive
experience again, often in the imagination
Type of:
experience, go through, see
go or live through

adj possessing life

“a live canary”
Synonyms:
alive
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
Antonyms:
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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adj abounding with life and energy

“the club members are a really live bunch”
Synonyms:
lively
full of life and energy
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v inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of

“People lived in Africa millions of years ago”
Synonyms:
dwell, inhabit, populate
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tenant
occupy as a tenant
neighbor, neighbour
live or be located as a neighbor
lodge in, occupy, reside
live (in a certain place)
domicile, domiciliate, reside, shack
make one's home in a particular place or community
people
furnish with people
overpopulate
cause to have too great a population
cohabit, live together, shack up
share living quarters; usually said of people who are not married and live together as a couple
lodge
be a lodger; stay temporarily
bivouac, camp, camp out, encamp, tent
live in or as if in a tent
nest
inhabit a nest, usually after building
board, room
live and take one's meals at or in
move in
occupy a place
rusticate
live in the country and lead a rustic life
stay at
reside temporarily
squat
occupy (a dwelling) illegally
sleep over, stay over
stay overnight
crash
occupy, usually uninvited
miscegenate
marry or cohabit with a person of another race
Type of:
be
occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
3

v support oneself

“Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?”
Synonyms:
exist, subsist, survive
endure, go, hold out, hold up, last, live on, survive
continue to live through hardship or adversity
Types:
breathe
be alive
drift, freewheel
live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely
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adj actually being performed at the time of hearing or viewing

“a live television program”
“brought to you live from Lincoln Center”
live entertainment involves performers actually in the physical presence of a live audience”
Synonyms:
unrecorded
unfilmed, untaped
not recorded on film or tape
Antonyms:
recorded
set down or registered in a permanent form especially on film or tape for reproduction
canned, transcribed
recorded for broadcast
filmed
recorded on film; made into a movie
prerecorded
recorded at one time for transmission later
tape-recorded, taped
recorded on tape
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adj of current relevance

“a live issue”
“still a live option”
Synonyms:
current
occurring in or belonging to the present time

adj in current use or ready for use

live copy is ready to be set in type or already set but not yet proofread”
Synonyms:
current
occurring in or belonging to the present time

adv not recorded

“the opera was broadcast live
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adj exerting force or containing energy

live coals”
“tossed a live cigarette out the window”
“got a shock from a live wire”
live ore is unmined ore”
“a live bomb”
“a live ball is one in play”
Synonyms:
active
(of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt
in play
of a ball
living
(used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried
Antonyms:
dead
not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat
extinct
(of e.g. volcanos) permanently inactive
extinct, out
being out or having grown cold
lifeless
not having the capacity to support life
out of play
(of a ball) "a ball that is out of play is dead"
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adj charged or energized with electricity

“a live wire”
Synonyms:
hot
charged
of a particle or body or system; having a net amount of positive or negative electric charge

adj capable of erupting

“a live volcano”
Synonyms:
alive
active
(of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting

adj charged with an explosive

live ammunition”
“a live bomb”
Synonyms:
loaded
(of weapons) charged with ammunition

adj highly reverberant

“a live concert hall”
Synonyms:
reverberant
having a tendency to reverberate or be repeatedly reflected

adj elastic; rebounds readily

Synonyms:
bouncy, lively, resilient, springy
elastic
capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy

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