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."

Definitions of live
  1. verb
    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
  2. verb
    lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style
    “we had to live frugally after the war”
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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
  3. verb
    pursue a positive and satisfying existence
    “You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live
  4. verb
    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
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    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
  5. verb
    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
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    taste
    experience briefly
    live over, relive
    experience again, often in the imagination
    type of:
    experience, go through, see
    go or live through
  6. adjective
    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
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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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  7. adjective
    abounding with life and energy
    “the club members are a really live bunch”
    Synonyms:
    lively
    full of life and energy
  8. verb
    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
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    be
    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
  9. verb
    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
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    breathe
    be alive
    drift, freewheel
    live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely
  10. adjective
    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
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    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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  11. adjective
    of current relevance
    “a live issue”
    “still a live option”
    Synonyms:
    current
    occurring in or belonging to the present time
  12. adjective
    in current use or ready for use
    live copy is ready to be set in type or already set but not yet proofread”
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    current
    occurring in or belonging to the present time
  13. adverb
    not recorded
    “the opera was broadcast live
  14. adjective
    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”
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    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
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    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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  15. adjective
    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
  16. adjective
    capable of erupting
    “a live volcano”
    synonyms: alive
    active
    (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting
  17. adjective
    charged with an explosive
    live ammunition”
    “a live bomb”
    Synonyms:
    loaded
    (of weapons) charged with ammunition
  18. adjective
    highly reverberant
    “a live concert hall”
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    reverberant
    having a tendency to reverberate or be repeatedly reflected
  19. adjective
    elastic; rebounds readily
    synonyms: bouncy, lively, resilient, springy
    elastic
    capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy
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