Definition of Live

1. Verb. Inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of. "Deer are populating the woods"

2. Adjective. Actually being performed at the time of hearing or viewing. "Live entertainment involves performers actually in the physical presence of a live audience"
Exact synonyms: Unrecorded
Similar to: Unfilmed, Untaped
Antonyms: Recorded

3. Adverb. Not recorded. "The opera was broadcast live"

4. Verb. Lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style. "We had to live frugally after the war"
Specialized synonyms: Move, Dissipate, Swing, Live Down, Unlive, Wanton, Vegetate, Pig, Pig It, Bushwhack, Buccaneer, Bach, Bachelor, Eke Out, Cash Out
Entails: Be, Exist
Derivative terms: Liver, Living

5. Adjective. Exerting force or containing energy. "A live ball is one in play"
Also: Active
Similar to: In Play, Living
Antonyms: Dead

6. Verb. Continue to live through hardship or adversity. "The business is going to live "; "How long can a person last without food and water?"
Exact synonyms: Endure, Go, Hold Out, Hold Up, Last, Live On, Survive
Entails: Be
Related verbs: Be, Exist, Subsist, Survive
Specialized synonyms: Hold Up, Hold Water, Stand Up, Perennate, Live Out
Derivative terms: Endurance, Survival

7. Adjective. Possessing life. "A live canary"
Exact synonyms: Alive
Attributes: Animation, Vitality, Aliveness, Animation, Life, Living
Similar to: Liveborn, Viable, Vital
Also: Animate
Derivative terms: Aliveness, Liveness
Antonyms: Dead

8. Verb. Support oneself. "Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day"
Exact synonyms: Exist, Subsist, Survive
Specialized synonyms: Breathe, Drift, Freewheel
Related verbs: Endure, Go, Hold Out, Hold Up, Last, Live On, Survive
Derivative terms: Subsistence, Subsister, Survival

9. Adjective. Highly reverberant. "A live concert hall"
Similar to: Reverberant

10. Verb. Have life, be alive. "My grandfather lived until the end of war"
Exact synonyms: Be
Related verbs: Endure, Go, Hold Out, Hold Up, Last, Live On, Survive
Derivative terms: Being, Living

11. Adjective. Charged with an explosive. "A live bomb"
Similar to: Loaded

12. Verb. Have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations. "These men live the river"; "I lived through two divorces"
Exact synonyms: Experience, Know
Specialized synonyms: Taste, Live Over, Relive
Generic synonyms: Experience, Go Through, See
Derivative terms: Experience, Knowable

13. Adjective. Elastic; rebounds readily. "Springy turf"

14. Verb. Pursue a positive and satisfying existence. "You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live"

15. Adjective. Abounding with life and energy. "The club members are a really live bunch"
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Lively

16. Adjective. In current use or ready for use. "Live copy is ready to be set in type or already set but not yet proofread"
Category relationships: Printing, Printing Process
Similar to: Current

17. Adjective. Of current relevance. "Still a live option"
Similar to: Current

18. Adjective. Charged or energized with electricity. "A live wire"
Exact synonyms: Hot
Category relationships: Electricity
Similar to: Charged

19. Adjective. Capable of erupting. "The volcano is very much alive"
Exact synonyms: Alive
Similar to: Active

Definition of Live

1. v. i. To be alive; to have life; to have, as an animal or a plant, the capacity of assimilating matter as food, and to be dependent on such assimilation for a continuance of existence; as, animals and plants that live to a great age are long in reaching maturity.

2. v. t. To spend, as one's life; to pass; to maintain; to continue in, constantly or habitually; as, to live an idle or a useful life.

3. a. Having life; alive; living; not dead.

4. n. Life.

Definition of Live

1. Verb. (intransitive) To be alive; to have life. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To have permanent residence somewhere. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To survive; to persevere; to continue. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive hyperbole) To cope. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To spend, as one's life; to pass; to maintain; to continue in, constantly or habitually. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To act habitually in conformity with; to practice. ¹

7. Adjective. (context: only used attributively) Having life; that is alive. ¹

8. Adjective. Being in existence; actual ¹

9. Adjective. Having active properties; being energized. ¹

10. Adjective. Operational; being in actual use rather than in testing. ¹

11. Adjective. (broadcasting) Seen or heard from a broadcast, as it happens. ¹

12. Adjective. Of a performance or speech, in person. ¹

13. Adjective. Of a recorded performance, made in front of an audience, or not having been edited after recording. ¹

14. Adjective. Of firearms or explosives, capable of causing harm. ¹

15. Adjective. (context: circuitry) Electrically charged or energized, usually indicating that the item may cause electrocution if touched. ¹

16. Adjective. (poker) Being a bet which can be raised by the bettor, usually in reference to a blind or straddle. ¹

17. Adjective. Featuring humans; not animated, in the phrases “live actors” or “live action”. ¹

18. Adverb. Of an event, as it happens; in real time; direct. ¹

19. Adverb. Of making a performance or speech, in person. ¹

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Definition of Live

1. having life [adj LIVER, LIVEST] / to function as an animal or plant [v LIVED, LIVING, LIVES]

Medical Definition of Live

1. 1. To be alive; to have life; to have, as an animal or a plant, the capacity of assimilating matter as food, and to be dependent on such assimilation for a continuance of existence; as, animals and plants that live to a great age are long in reaching maturity. "Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will . . . Lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live." (Ezek. Xxxvii. 5, 6) 2. To pass one's time; to pass life or time in a certain manner, as to habits, conduct, or circumstances; as, to live in ease or affluence; to live happily or usefully. "O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that liveth at rest in his possessions!" (Ecclus. Xli. 1) 3. To make one's abiding place or home; to abide; to dwell; to reside. "Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years." (Gen. Xlvii. 28) 4. To be or continue in existence; to exist; to remain; to be permanent; to last; said of inanimate objects, ideas, etc. "Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues We write in water." (Shak) 5. To enjoy or make the most of life; to be in a state of happiness. "What greater curse could envious fortune give Than just to die when I began to live?" (Dryden) 6. To feed; to subsist; to be nourished or supported; with on; as, horses live on grass and grain. 7. To have a spiritual existence; to be quickened, nourished, and actuated by divine influence or faith. "The just shall live by faith." (Gal. Iii. Ll) 8. To be maintained in life; to acquire a livelihood; to subsist; with on or by; as, to live on spoils. "Those who live by labour." (Sir W. Temple) 9. To outlast danger; to float; said of a ship, boat, etc.; as, no ship could live in such a storm. "A strong mast that lived upon the sea." (Shak) To live out, to be at service; to live away from home as a servant. To live with. To dwell or to be a lodger with. To cohabit with; to have intercourse with, as male with female. Origin: OE. Liven, livien, AS. Libban, lifian; akin to OS. Libbian, D. Leven, G. Leben, OHG. Lebn, Dan. Leve, Sw. Lefva, Icel. Lifa to live, to be left, to remain, Goth. Liban to live; akin to E. Leave to forsake, and life, Gr. To persist, oily, shining, sleek, fat, lard, Skr. Lip to anoint, smear; the first sense prob. Was, to cleave to, stick to; hence, to remain, stay; and hence, to live. 1. Having life; alive; living; not dead. "If one man's ox hurt another's, that he die; then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of it." (Ex. Xxi. 35) 2. Being in a state of ignition; burning; having active properties; as, a live coal; live embers. " The live ether." 3. Full of earnestness; active; wide awake; glowing; as, a live man, or orator. 4. Vivid; bright. " The live carnation." 5. Imparting power; having motion; as, the live spindle of a lathe. 6. (Elec) connected to a voltage source, as a live wire. 7. (Broadcasting) being transmitted instantaneously, as events occur, in contrast to recorded. 8. (Sport) still in active play as a live ball. 9. Pertaingin to an entertainment event which was performed (and possibly recorded) in front of an audience; contrasted to performances recorded in a studio without an audience Live birth, the condition of being born in such a state that acts of life are manifested after the extrusion of the whole body. Live box, a cell for holding living objects under microscopical examination. Live feathers, feathers which have been plucked from the living bird, and are therefore stronger and more elastic. Live gang. See Gang. Live grass, a circular train of rollers upon which a swing bridge, or turntable, rests, and which travels around a circular track when the bridge or table turns. Live steam, steam direct from the boiler, used for any purpose, in distinction from exhaust steam. Live stock, horses, cattle, and other domestic animals kept on a farm. Whole body. Origin: Abbreviated from alive. See Alive, Life. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Live

live a lie
live action
live album
live albums
live and learn
live and let live

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