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Live - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Live' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Live [ a.]
- Having life; alive; living; not dead.
- Being in a state of ignition; burning; having active properties; as, a live coal; live embers.
- Full of earnestness; active; wide awake; glowing; as, a live man, or orator.
- Vivid; bright.
- Imparting power; having motion; as, the live spindle of a lathe.
2 . Live [ n.]
- Life.
3 . Live [ 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.
- 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.
- To make one's abiding place or home; to abide; to dwell; to reside.
- To be or continue in existence; to exist; to remain; to be permanent; to last; -- said of inanimate objects, ideas, etc.
- To enjoy or make the most of life; to be in a state of happiness.
- To feed; to subsist; to be nourished or supported; -- with on; as, horses live on grass and grain.
- To have a spiritual existence; to be quickened, nourished, and actuated by divine influence or faith.
- To be maintained in life; to acquire a livelihood; to subsist; -- with on or by; as, to live on spoils.
- To outlast danger; to float; -- said of a ship, boat, etc.; as, no ship could live in such a storm.
4 . Live [ 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.
- To act habitually in conformity with; to practice.

Meaning of 'Live' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . live [ v]
Meaning (1):
- support oneself
Example in sentence:
  • Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?;
  • he could barely exist on such a low wage;
  • Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day
Meaning (2):
- be an inhabitant of or reside in
Example in sentence:
  • deer are populating the woods;
  • People lived in Africa millions of years ago;
  • The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted;
  • this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean
Meaning (3):
- have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
Example in sentence:
  • have you ever known hunger?;
  • I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict;
  • I know the feeling!;
  • I lived through two divorces;
  • The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare
Meaning (4):
- continue to live and avoid dying
Example in sentence:
  • how long can a person last without food and water?;
  • One crash victim died, the other lived;
  • The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents;
  • These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America;
  • We went without water and food for 3 days
Meaning (5):
- have life, be alive
Example in sentence:
  • My grandfather lived until the end of war;
  • Our great leader is no more
Meaning (6):
- lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style
Example in sentence:
  • we had to live frugally after the war
Meaning (7):
- pursue a positive and satisfying existence
Example in sentence:
  • You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live
8 . live [ a]
Meaning (8):
- exerting force or containing energy
Example in sentence:
  • a live ball is one in play;
  • a live bomb;
  • got a shock from a live wire;
  • live coals;
  • live ore is unmined ore;
  • tossed a live cigarette out the window
Meaning (9):
- possessing life
Example in sentence:
  • a live canary;
  • burned alive;
  • doctors are working hard to keep him alive;
  • the happiest person alive;
  • the nerve is alive
Meaning (10):
- actually being performed at the time of hearing or viewing
Example in sentence:
  • a live television program;
  • brought to you live from Lincoln Center;
  • live entertainment involves performers actually in the physical presence of a live audience
11 . live [ r]
Meaning (11):
- not recorded
Example in sentence:
  • the opera was broadcast live
12 . live [ s]
Meaning (12):
- charged or energized with electricity
Example in sentence:
  • a hot wire;
  • a live wire
Meaning (13):
- charged with an explosive
Example in sentence:
  • a live bomb;
  • live ammunition
Meaning (14):
- highly reverberant
Example in sentence:
  • a live concert hall
Meaning (15):
- of current relevance
Example in sentence:
  • a live issue;
  • still a live option
Meaning (16):
- capable of erupting
Example in sentence:
  • a live volcano;
  • the volcano is very much alive
Meaning (17):
- elastic; rebounds readily
Example in sentence:
  • a lively tennis ball;
  • as resilient as seasoned hickory;
  • clean bouncy hair;
  • springy turf
Meaning (18):
- in current use or ready for use
Example in sentence:
  • live copy is ready to be set in type or already set but not yet proofread
Meaning (19):
- abounding with life and energy
Example in sentence:
  • the club members are a really live bunch