Main definitions of live in English

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verb

  • 1no object Remain alive.

    ‘the doctors said she had only six months to live’
    ‘both cats lived to a ripe age’
    • ‘Peter's mother was called as he was expected to have only twenty four hours to live.’
    • ‘In one Scottish study of terminally ill cancer patients, those given vitamin C lived four times as long as those who weren't given it.’
    • ‘Only McKinlay survived, living to the age of 95 when he died in Glasgow in 1983.’
    • ‘A young cancer sufferer with only weeks to live spent his last days raising money to fight the killer disease.’
    • ‘Scientists said yesterday they believe they have found a formula which will lead to cats and dogs living longer.’
    • ‘They gave him three or at best four years to live, leaving him in a quandary about the ethics of standing again for parliament.’
    • ‘An earlier study found that actors who won Oscars lived an average of four years longer than the competition.’
    • ‘Pensioners are living longer.’
    • ‘By the following morning doctors had told Lorraine that she had a rare form of cervical cancer and only six months to live.’
    • ‘The Battle of Britain claimed 544 allied lives and nearly half of the survivors never lived to see the final victory in 1945.’
    • ‘People are now living four to five years longer than in the 1970s, and young people are taller than previous generations.’
    • ‘Though the boy had died instantly on impact, the man lived, and remained in critical condition at a New Jersey hospital.’
    • ‘We should celebrate the fact that people are living longer and remain in good health.’
    • ‘In other words, women are living longer knowing they have breast cancer.’
    • ‘That cat is going to live to be 20 and shows every indication of getting meaner by the minute.’
    • ‘Some patients die within one year of diagnosis, whereas others live longer than six years.’
    • ‘We can live without breathing for only a few minutes, yet we give it very little thought.’
    • ‘In September 2000, she was diagnosed with bone cancer and given six months to live.’
    • ‘In January he was given six months to live but survived longer than doctors predicted.’
    • ‘He has been given a 20 per cent chance of survival and doctors say he might have three to six months to live.’
    1. 1.1with adverbial Be alive at a specified time.
      ‘he lived four centuries ago’
      • ‘He was a soldier who lived centuries ago in India.’
      • ‘The Archer lived four and a half thousand years ago, about the time of the first construction at Stonehenge three miles from his grave.’
      • ‘Ninety per cent of all scientists who have ever lived are alive today.’
      • ‘Great oaks and trees that lived centuries ago held their broken branches, still fashioned to the ground by decaying roots.’
      • ‘My tastes are definitely different from what I would have liked, if I had lived five centuries ago.’
      • ‘The words of his mother would probably arouse jealous feelings among parents living a century and a half ago.’
      • ‘It is also instructive to remember that he lived at a time when the United States was undergoing a renewed interest in nation-building.’
      • ‘He lived a long time ago.’
      • ‘They are postcards from a very distant past, putting faces on people who lived centuries ago.’
      • ‘It's not just about some guy who lived centuries ago.’
      • ‘She lived at such an exciting time in Dundee's history.’
      • ‘An isolated population is a group of individuals who are descended from a founding population who lived some time ago.’
      exist, be alive, be, have being, have life
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    2. 1.2with adverbial Spend one's life in a particular way or under particular circumstances.
      ‘people are living in fear in the wake of the shootings’
      with object and adverbial ‘he was living a life of luxury in Australia’
      • ‘There are 291 million people living below the poverty line in sub-Saharan Africa.’
      • ‘It is a home equipped with the latest technology to enable vulnerable people to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.’
      • ‘Although there's no cure, cats can live quite healthy lives for a while after infection.’
      • ‘Why are the numbers of women living with HIV increasing faster than the number of men?’
      • ‘Seniors need supportive environments to maintain good health and remain living independently.’
      • ‘I'm sure many aircrews lived under the same circumstances at that time.’
      • ‘‘The residents there all live in fear, and so would I,’ he added.’
      • ‘He personally lived frugally and spent the research funding entrusted to him with the same care.’
      • ‘Do you think living beyond our means is a modern malady?’
      • ‘If we learn to live thriftily and remember the importance of helping our neighbours then we can find ways to adjust.’
      • ‘People have been living under these pitiful circumstances for decades.’
      • ‘One million children are still living in poverty in Britain, despite the government's pledge to reduce child poverty.’
      • ‘Those who could left the country; those who remained lived under the threat of torture and violent death.’
      • ‘As many as one in four single women pensioners now live in poverty.’
      • ‘Instead of enjoying the fact that we can live comfortably, we spend our time looking to see who is living just that little bit more comfortably than us.’
      • ‘I, for one, would not produce a child that would have to live under these circumstances.’
      • ‘He lived well and spent freely, renting flats in Chelsea and Brighton, employing servants, owning race horses and running a Rolls-Royce.’
      • ‘Most tell us they are keen to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible with the necessary social services support to help them do that.’
      • ‘Forty years after the War on Poverty began, about 30 percent of black children are still living in poverty.’
      • ‘Most vets and cat experts agree that indoor cats live longer, healthier lives.’
      pass one's life, spend one's life, lead one's life, have a life, have a lifestyle
      experience, spend, pass, lead, have, go through, undergo
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    3. 1.3live in/out (of an employee or student) reside at (or away from) the place where one works or studies.
      ‘the development is designed to provide extra accommodation for undergraduates to enable all 400 to live in’
      • ‘During this time I was able to find out information about the dormitories here. They seemed very reasonable so I decided to live in.’
      • ‘We always had two maids, one who lived in and one who came by the day to do the cleaning.’
      • ‘What will happen to the money gained from those living in this year will be decided at a later date.’
      • ‘Students have the option to live in or travel from home every day.’
    4. 1.4 Supply oneself with the means of subsistence.
      ‘they live by hunting and fishing’
      • ‘They lived off their own fertile land, happy and contented.’
      • ‘We lived from subsistence farming, growing sweet potatoes, corn, some sugarcane, and ginger.’
      • ‘They live by hunting and gathering.’
      • ‘He lived by gambling professionally for over a decade.’
      • ‘If you make up your mind to live from writing, it is prudent to make certain that your work is good, he added.’
      survive, make a living, earn one's living, eke out a living
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    5. 1.5live through Survive (an unpleasant experience or period)
      ‘both men lived through the Depression’
      • ‘The simplicity of the plot puts a human face on the multitudes of suffering people who lived through these times.’
      • ‘After all, he lived through a period when Europe's moral firmament was blown to pieces.’
      • ‘I did not want to live through this type of experience again.’
      • ‘His skill at describing just what it was like to live through the invasion is what makes his story so engaging.’
      • ‘She was lucky enough to live through the experience.’
      • ‘Looking at the collective poverty of our governments, one might think we've been living through a depression.’
      • ‘Each of these photographers comments on the experience of living through war.’
      • ‘Having lived through that period myself, including the boom and bust of house prices, the similarities are many.’
      • ‘She lived through that period of Irish history and it remained fresh in her memory down through the decades.’
      • ‘Brought up at the beginning of the century Mary had some very difficult times to contend with, living through two world wars and a civil war.’
      • ‘A local historian talked to pupils about his experience of living through the Second World War.’
      • ‘He never lives through the mucky trenches or warfare that other soldiers experienced on the field, but endures his own kind of hell.’
      • ‘Those of us who lived through those times remember the decade as a period of intense upheaval.’
      • ‘Today, those who lived through it will be standing side-by-side with those who failed to stop it.’
      • ‘She said she could not even imagine having to live through what she experienced in prison on a long-term basis.’
      • ‘No one who lived through that period can have forgotten it or failed to carry its images in their mind.’
      • ‘Pupils asked two people who lived through the war in the district to recount their experiences.’
      • ‘More importantly, he lived through an extraordinary period of change.’
      • ‘You have to endure criticism, and live through the bad as well as the good times.’
      • ‘Nobody has ever had the experience of living through this kind of hurricane, followed by this flood.’
    6. 1.6 Survive in someone's mind; be remembered.
      ‘only the name lived on’
      • ‘His words have lived with me ever since.’
      • ‘He will live on in our memories.’
      • ‘In any Championship is something that lives forever in the minds and hearts of every one involved.’
      • ‘Songwriter and singer Ollie Cole has an impeccable ear for a good melody and this one lives long in the mind.’
      • ‘This massacre will forever live in our minds.’
    7. 1.7 Have an exciting or fulfilling life.
      ‘he couldn't wait to get out of school and really start living’
      • ‘I think I wanted a TV to distract me from the fact I was breathing, not living!’
      • ‘I have the energy of a 30-year-old and I want to get out there and live!’
      • ‘Get out there and start living, you never know how much longer it is all going to last.’
      • ‘The voice is calling us to leave our foolish fears behind, to take risks, to trust, to begin to really live.’
      • ‘Maybe you should start living instead of just watching everyone else.’
      • ‘In other words, the blues is about having lived whereas the violin draws heavily on a technical ability that can be gained in a practice room.’
      enjoy oneself, enjoy life, have fun, be happy, live life to the full
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    8. 1.8live for Regard as the purpose or most important aspect of one's life.
      ‘Tony lived for his painting’
      • ‘Movies like this are what I live for.’
      • ‘Far from living for technology, the corporate world now lives for finance.’
      • ‘It's a story about a man who hung out in the sewers for years living for opera.’
      • ‘He lived for his family. What has he got now?’
      • ‘She lives for her work, is single, and has no family.’
    9. 1.9archaic (of a ship) escape destruction; remain afloat.
      • ‘We never expected the boat to live in such a fearful gale and sea, but she weathered it bravely.’
      • ‘They had nothing more than a hope that, if the vessel lived, they might continue to earn their commissions and brokerage.’
      • ‘By some miracle of fate the boat lived through the storm.’
  • 2no object, with adverbial Make one's home in a particular place or with a particular person.

    ‘I've lived in the East End all my life’
    ‘they lived with his grandparents’
    • ‘He later moved to Germany and then Italy where he lived for three years.’
    • ‘After living there for six months, Mark and I got married and a year later moved to East Harlem.’
    • ‘Leopards are not the only mammals in which daughters live close to their mothers.’
    • ‘In 1903, Jack London, the novelist and journalist, spent a year living among the people of the slums of the east end of London.’
    • ‘He was just a divorced man living alone in a really big house.’
    • ‘In the past up to four generations have traditionally lived under the same roof.’
    • ‘We had been friends since kindergarten; she lived across the street from me.’
    • ‘She recently emerged from spending a year living among a closed Buddhist community on Holy Island.’
    • ‘She has been living in Britain for nine years and is studying at Portsmouth University.’
    • ‘South African citizens living abroad at the time of the elections will not be allowed to vote.’
    • ‘The lucky ones have grandparents living locally who are willing to help out on a regular basis.’
    • ‘Rubbish on spare land in Burnley is causing anger among residents living nearby.’
    • ‘Scurvy is still seen, very occasionally, among old people living alone who neglect their diet.’
    • ‘Although both children now have jobs, they choose to remain living at home.’
    • ‘In 1993 he moved to Sweden where he lived and worked for four years, mostly in the building trade.’
    • ‘His parents spent weeks living at hospital as he recovered from his surgery and still have to take him for check-ups on a yearly basis.’
    • ‘I lived there for six months, and found it to be a pleasant rural village.’
    • ‘Did you or you parents ever live in a house of their own?’
    • ‘Police were alerted by a resident living in the flats opposite after the alarm was activated.’
    • ‘Later on I overheard him saying that this was his first Bonfire night in the UK as he'd only lived here for six months.’
    reside, have one's home, have one's residence, be settled
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    1. 2.1informal (of an object) be kept in a particular place.
      ‘I told her where the coffee lived and went back to sleep’
      • ‘He took the captain and his men to see where the shields lived.’
      • ‘For the time being the vacuum cleaner lives at the end of the couch.’
      • ‘I checked the pantry four times - that's where the coffee lives.’
      • ‘I don't know where the plates live in their kitchen any more.’

Phrases

  • as I live and breathe

    • Used to express surprise at encountering someone or something.

      ‘good God, Jack Stone, as I live and breathe!’
      • ‘Dawn Tinsley, as I live and breathe…’
      • ‘Well, well, as I live and breathe, it's Nellie.’
      • ‘‘Well, well,’ she said, ‘Malak Harr, as I live and breathe.’’
      • ‘‘Well, as I live and breathe… if it ain't Hallie Lennox, ‘he said in an unmistakable Savannah drawl.’
  • live and breathe something

    • Devote a great deal of one's time to a particular subject or activity.

      ‘they live and breathe Italy and all things Italian’
      • ‘If you want to work in the music industry, you have to live and breathe music.’
      • ‘He lived and breathed mathematics and philosophy.’
      • ‘You can see he lives and breathes the sport.’
      • ‘He lives and breathes wine, tasting the products of his competitors and those from other countries.’
      • ‘He lives and breathes pantomime and every year puts heart and soul into his productions.’
      • ‘He admits to being a man who lives and breathes his job.’
      • ‘I lived and breathed gymnastics throughout my childhood and only stopped training in my twenties.’
      • ‘This is a woman who has lived and breathed politics since her teens.’
      • ‘When you live and breathe your product, it's hard to realize that customers aren't as passionate about it as you are.’
      • ‘When you're in this business you live and breathe it.’
  • live and let live

    • proverb You should tolerate the opinions and behaviour of others so that they will similarly tolerate your own.

      • ‘Our father always taught us live and let live.’
      • ‘We all have different interests, so live and let live!’
      • ‘Monika's philosophy in life is to live and let live.’
      • ‘Whatever happened to the concept of live and let live?’
      • ‘Stating that she was devastated by the arson attack, she said that all she wanted to do was live and let live and she hoped that she could do that in a different part of the city.’
      • ‘Perhaps this is asking too much and my view too utopian but I appeal to all involved to live and let live.’
      • ‘In this neck of Los Angeles, people live and let live.’
      • ‘Soon after the Great War, the majority of Americans turned away from concern about foreign affairs, adopting an attitude of live and let live.’
      • ‘Isn't it time we all learned to live and let live?’
      • ‘I hope that the Council will agree to live and let live.’
  • live dangerously

    • Do something risky, especially on a habitual basis.

      ‘she bit her lip, caught between natural caution and a desire to live dangerously’
      • ‘We lived dangerously for about 20 minutes but we got through that and the game had levelled itself out,’ he recalled.’
      • ‘Are you trying to be insulting or do you like living dangerously?’
      • ‘This is one girl who likes living dangerously.’
      • ‘Derby are still living dangerously, just four points ahead of third-bottom Manchester City, after losing 2-1 at home to Arsenal.’
      • ‘And more and more Americans are living dangerously, moving to regions in this country highly vulnerable to natural disasters.’
      • ‘These are some of the most beautiful places to live, but living here is living dangerously.’
      • ‘City were living dangerously but as the clock ticked closer to 90 minutes they looked to have weathered the worst of the storm.’
      • ‘After having lived dangerously for several years, I really did not want to involved in this type of case.’
      • ‘He doesn't live dangerously, but puts others in terrible danger!’
      • ‘Having braved the elements once I decided to live dangerously.’
  • live in hope

    • Be or remain optimistic about something.

      ‘we live in hope that his mission will succeed’
      • ‘Up to that stage we had still lived in hope that were was some reason why she was still alive and hadn't been in touch.’
      • ‘His mother still lives in hope of one day finding out what became of her 11-year-old son.’
      • ‘However, one lives in hope that future years may actually witness some inspirational figures.’
      • ‘‘We have been disappointed too many times to expect action being taken but you live in hope,’ he said.’
      • ‘He lives in hope that he can find more people willing to walk a financial tightrope so that others can tread the boards.’
      • ‘With the council telling me a year ago they had no money for widening the road or putting in sleeping policeman, I do not live in hope.’
      • ‘I fear he will not bow to my pressure but I live in hope.’
      • ‘We ask everyone to join with us in praying for Abigail and live in hope for the future.’
      • ‘We have been living in hope since she went missing and we were praying this was not Leanne.’
      • ‘I live in hope, but will no doubt end up in despair!’
  • live in the past

    • 1Have old-fashioned or outdated ideas and attitudes.

      ‘we aren't here to cater to fringe elements who insist on living in the past’
      • ‘Policy-makers will be accused of living in the past and using the wrong instruments to stimulate the Scottish economy.’
      • ‘Those of us who argued from the start that the single currency was misconceived, and that membership would be a disaster, were dismissed by the Prime Minister as xenophobes who were living in the past.’
      • ‘There was a BBC discussion about Time zones today - with the thread that unless we synchronised with the rest of Europe we were living in the past and that trade and the economy suffered.’
      • ‘Mrs Barnie continued: ‘I understand the parish council has their own rules, but I think they are living in the past.’’
      • ‘Those who wish to live in the past and apply outdated labels to all Northern Ireland fans are the real bigots.’
      • ‘It would be wrong to assume that Christians are all fuddy-duddies living in the past who are completely against embracing the power of advertising.’
      • ‘He says they are living in the past by what he calls ‘banging on’ about nominal interest rates 13 years ago.’
      • ‘The Minister is still living in the past and as a result we are not gaining the jobs we should have.’
      • ‘The Scottish Football Association are living in the past and they do not have any concept of equality.’
      • ‘‘I say to those who want to live in the past - you stay in the past, we are moving on,’ said Mr Duncan Smith.’
      1. 1.1Dwell on or reminisce at length about past events.
        ‘why couldn't she stop living in the past and face the mess she was in now?’
        • ‘Sometimes people waste their own time by living in the past.’
        • ‘Yet the greatest obstacles to achieving are a lack of self belief, living in the past and a desire to be perfect.’
        • ‘She needed to stop living in the past and stop wallowing in past sorrows.’
        • ‘Many people live in the past, over and over again, and they never catch up with the present.’
        • ‘Later in the book it mentions people's habit of living in the past all the time instead of concentrating on the present and the future.’
  • live it up

    • informal Spend one's time in an extremely enjoyable way, typically by being extravagant or engaging in an exciting social life.

      ‘they're living it up in Hawaii’
      • ‘I'm not a great one for living it up till the early hours but I love breakfast meetings.’
      • ‘They have lived it up and spent their way all throughout the eighties, never saving a dime.’
      • ‘By rights, I should be a millionaire, living it up on some island somewhere.’
      • ‘I feel like I should be living it up, having an exciting life.’
      • ‘But she denied her kids had been abandoned as she lived it up on boozy nights in Turkish bars and clubs with friends.’
      • ‘She survives on £50 a week state hand-outs while he lives it up in style after winning £1.5 million on the Lottery.’
      • ‘They and the whole class they represent will spend the rest of the summer living it up at a whirl of social events.’
      • ‘I thought ‘young people today’ spent all their dosh on mobile phones, gadgets and living it up.’
      • ‘They spent this week living it up in Cape Town instead of acclimatising to altitude.’
      • ‘Most eighteen-year-olds I knew were in college, partying, and living it up.’
      live extravagantly, live in the lap of luxury, live in clover
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  • live out of a suitcase

    • Live or stay somewhere on a temporary basis and with only a limited selection of one's belongings.

      ‘living out of a suitcase away from home has become one of the main causes of stress among businessmen’
      • ‘Her parents told her she had to think about buying a home instead of living out of a suitcase.’
      • ‘He spent so much time in recent years criss-crossing the Atlantic, living out of a suitcase and seeing much of the world through the car window.’
      • ‘Alex spoke about the strain of touring and being away from home for long periods of time, especially the hassles of living out of a suitcase for months on end.’
      • ‘I hate flying, airports and living out of a suitcase.’
      • ‘She just needed time to adjust, after living out of a suitcase for seven years.’
      • ‘Michael is living out of a suitcase at the moment.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, by this point I was getting tired of living out of a suitcase and I didn't enjoy the city as much as I might have done.’
      • ‘Since 1995, I have more or less lived out of a suitcase.’
      • ‘‘I went through a spell when I was always on the go, living out of a suitcase,’ she says.’
      • ‘At the end of the season we normally have a holiday, but to be honest it would be nice to have two weeks where we weren't living out of a suitcase.’
  • live one's own life

    • Follow one's own plans and principles independently of others.

      ‘it's time you stood up to her and lived your own life’
      • ‘So for the last decade or more, I've lived my own life, never wanted any of the things that the people around me rated as important, and just got on with my own thing.’
      • ‘Frances, naturally, wants to live her own life, not her mom's.’
      • ‘You have to walk your own path, or you can't live your own life.’
      • ‘A good rule to follow is to live your own life and let others do likewise.’
      • ‘Just because you've hooked up with someone else doesn't mean you can't continue living your own life!’
      • ‘Since I have done this course, however, I have got my confidence back and want to live my own life again.’
      • ‘On the whole, people are happy to let you get on with living your own life.’
      • ‘She is a widely travelled, disciplined woman, a formidable figure in public life committed to living her own life, listening to her own heart and not to anyone else's.’
      • ‘I enjoy living my own life, going where I want to go and doing what I want to do.’
      • ‘If readers get one thought from this book, it is that you have to live your own life and make the choices that are right for you.’
  • live rough

    • Live and sleep outdoors as a consequence of having no proper home.

      ‘hundreds of refugees have been living rough on the streets’
      • ‘A man who was living rough in Swindon has been jailed for eight weeks after a court heard how he threw two computer monitors on the floor at a bail hostel.’
      • ‘Afterwards Matthew went to various friends' houses, but I later found out he was living rough for at least a month.’
      • ‘The new clinic is being built to aid the 500 homeless children living rough in the city.’
      • ‘Vulnerable people living rough in Lancaster face a waiting list for emergency accommodation.’
      • ‘While homelessness is increasing nationally, Waterford has only a handful of people living rough on the streets, according to a number of charitable agencies.’
      • ‘She says up to 1,000 children are now living rough, sleeping under hedges and bridges and begging to survive, many of them glue sniffing.’
      • ‘I came across people living rough in caravans and junkyards.’
      • ‘It is now believed that he may be living rough in the South London area.’
      • ‘He was a drug-addicted down and out living rough.’
      • ‘At the age of 10, he was living rough with his older sister and 9-year-old brother after being abandoned in Sydney by their mother.’
  • live to fight another day

    • Survive a particular experience or ordeal.

      ‘MPs felt the chancellor's performance will ensure he lives to fight another day’
      • ‘Hopefully the club itself will survive and live to fight another day.’
      • ‘He's had a fantastic year and will live to fight another day.’
      • ‘If you are able to survive a bad or indifferent season, you live to fight another day.’
      • ‘The boxers' relatives and friends pay the admission fees, buy food and gym apparel, and the gym lives to fight another day.’
      • ‘‘I'll live to fight another day and I'll be there again,’ he added positively.’
      • ‘Leeds United live to fight another day - thanks to a dubious penalty which gave them a priceless 2-1 victory over Manchester City.’
      • ‘In the end, both teams somehow lived to fight another day.’
      • ‘The library was facing the axe in a council bid to save cash, but the public fought back to force a U-turn and the library lived to fight another day.’
      • ‘‘I would buy an old house, do it up and sell it on and live to fight another day,’ he said.’
      • ‘I'll live to fight another day on health care, environmental concerns and sensible gun legislation.’
  • live to regret something

    • Come to wish that one had not done something.

      ‘those who put work before their family life often live to regret it’
      • ‘As soon as I'd accepted the dare I knew I would live to regret it.’
      • ‘It was thoroughly distasteful and I bet he is living to regret it now.’
      • ‘Engage any railway buff in a conversation about old lines and you might live to regret it.’
      • ‘Did you live to regret it or was it the best thing you've ever done?’
      • ‘It will cost us money, but if we hand this problem on to the next generation we will live to regret it.’
      • ‘Some people commit minor offences when they are young and live to regret it.’
      • ‘So if the government fails to take this opportunity, it may live to regret it.’
      • ‘Sadly, many women made the mistake of opting for the lower married woman's stamp and lived to regret it.’
      • ‘And if you so much as tell one single soul about this, you will live to regret it.’
      • ‘If we don't let the police do their job we may all live to regret it.’
  • live to tell the tale

    • Survive a dangerous experience and be able to tell others about it.

      • ‘They seemed overwhelmed by the sheer charisma of a man who has defied the world's most powerful nation for forty years and lived to tell the tale.’
      • ‘Not many of the British servicemen lived to tell the tale of the horrendous captivity that followed - thousands were starved, beaten or worked to death in slave labour camps.’
      • ‘Nelson fought the Battle of Trafalgar from the deck of his flagship, HMS Victory, close to the Rock in 1805 but never lived to tell the tale.’
      • ‘These days you're not a big wave surfer until you've climbed aboard a 60-footer and actually lived to tell the tale - which not everyone winds up doing.’
      • ‘She has seen it all, soldiering on through addiction, sexual abuse and destructive relationships - and has lived to tell the tale.’
      • ‘Thankfully, people survive cancer and live to tell the tale.’
      • ‘They have both looked down the barrel of a gun - and lived to tell the tale.’
      • ‘There are not many who can say they lived through the reign of Queen Victoria, World War I, the 1916 rising, the War of Independence, World War II and Hiroshima and lived to tell the tale.’
      • ‘I sense she still can't believe how lucky she is to have lived to tell the tale.’
      • ‘I will be scarred for life and this has caused us both physical and mental damage but I suppose we were lucky to live to tell the tale.’
  • live under a rock

    • informal Lack basic knowledge of current events or popular culture.

      ‘in case you have been living under a rock, America is heading toward a presidential election’
  • live with oneself

    • Be able to retain one's self-respect as a consequence of one's actions.

      ‘taking money from children—how can you live with yourself?’
      • ‘That's the only way I've been able to live with myself over the last four years, by forgetting it ever happened.’
      • ‘I didn't really feel I would be able to live with myself if I'd gone into that broadcast and said nothing because I was frightened to say what I believe in.’
      • ‘I would have never been able to live with myself if anything had happened to you.’
      • ‘But I don't think he'll ever be able to live with himself for taking our daughter's life.’
      • ‘What the world at large deems success might not feel like success deep in your heart, and you need to be able to live with yourself.’
      • ‘If something happens to him, I'm not sure I'll be able to live with myself.’
      • ‘His wife dissuaded him, however, telling him that he would never be able to live with himself if he concluded so sordid a deal.’
      • ‘I cringed through the entire twenty minutes, and I'm pretty sure the presenters are never going to be able to live with themselves, let alone admit to other people what they do for a living.’
      • ‘If he got hurt she would never be able to live with herself.’
      • ‘I would not be able to live with myself if I did not own up to what I have done.’
  • long live —!

    • Said to express loyalty or support for a specified person or thing.

      ‘long live the Queen!’
      • ‘There was an amazingly diverse audience at the show, proving that Celtic music is not just for old folk from the old country - long live the fiddle!’
      • ‘Long live the movement for global democracy.’
      • ‘No longer will the Internet be seen as a place to buy things cheaper - long live the rich.’
      • ‘The evil queen is dead, long live King Geoffrey.’
      • ‘Long live freedom - use your vote at the next Elections!’
      • ‘Differences exist - long live the differences!’
      • ‘Long live any artist who can take the time to produce an album that represents the music they love.’
      • ‘Industry is dead, long live the new information economy.’
      • ‘Cue a fanfare, followed by a rousing rendition of ‘the king is dead, long live the king’.’
      • ‘I just want to say, long live India and long live Indian cricket.’
  • where one lives

    • informal At, to, or in the right, vital, or most vulnerable spot.

      ‘it gets me where I live’
      • ‘These are songs that will move you, and touch you right where you live.’
      • ‘It is rare for me to encounter a criticism that hits me where I live.’
      • ‘It hits them where they live because the executives can be held personally responsible for the damage to the company.’
      • ‘The decisions we make on these issues are going to affect you where you live.’
      • ‘Our readership as a whole is extremely important, and once in a great while a reader reaches out and touches me right where I live.’
  • you haven't lived!

    • Said when enthusiastically recommending a particular experience or activity to someone unfamiliar with it.

      ‘if you haven't been in a helicopter you haven't lived’
      • ‘However, you haven't lived until you have witnessed the New Year firework displays that Disney produces.’
      • ‘Seriously, if you haven't tried a nice chilled gazpacho, you haven't lived.’
      • ‘You haven't lived until you've had Japanese Ice Cream!’
      • ‘I know that some people may find it hard to understand, but in my mind if you haven't been in a helicopter you haven't lived.’
      • ‘And when in Glasgow, never miss having tea at the Willow Tea Rooms, or you haven't lived.’
  • you (or we) live and learn

    • Used to acknowledge that a fact is new to one.

      • ‘There's a lot of things I wouldn't have done if I had to do it again, but you live and learn.’
      • ‘I don't know… you live and learn, maybe there are people who go around just assaulting young fellas.’
      • ‘Oh well, we live and learn - and I've learned that life is better being a shrewd saver, rather than a bonkers borrower!’
      • ‘Answering the suggestion that he would have landed at least one of the penalties, he added ‘hindsight's a great thing… you live and learn’.’
      • ‘I thought it was better odds than the lottery, but you live and learn.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • live something down

    • usually with negativeSucceed in making others forget something embarrassing that has happened.

      ‘I'd never live it down if Lily got wind of this’
      • ‘Let's just hope I get it right or I'll never live it down!’
      • ‘And yes, the situation is hilarious and I will never live it down… my sister won't let me forget!’
      • ‘She didn't get to the Olympics and has never been able to live it down.’
      • ‘If people have made mistakes, they should be able to live them down.’
      • ‘I was never, ever allowed to live the incident down by my housemates, who took great delight in reciting it to everyone who came round for the rest of the year.’
      • ‘It had taken two full years for me to live that episode down.’
      • ‘He'd never live it down if he turned up at the park wearing purple.’
      • ‘As time went by, the incident became a memory, but the crew chief never really lived it down.’
      • ‘My boyfriend would never let me live it down if we lost.’
      • ‘One guy left his house keys in my bedroom one Christmas Eve and never lived it down since.’
  • live off (or on)

    • 1Depend on as a source of income or support.

      ‘if you think you're going to live off me for the rest of your life, you're mistaken’
      • ‘Both of them are still living off his parents' money.’
      • ‘It's tempting to spend all your money and live off the state, or simply emigrate.’
      • ‘They had brought no possessions, and as islanders who had lived off fishing and farming, they had no real professional skills.’
      • ‘This country has lived on somebody else's money - whether it has come from Asia, or America, or Europe - for too long.’
      • ‘Instead, they continued living off their parents.’
      • ‘In 1988, he was taken to court for rates still owed on his last pub and revealed that he was living on dole money.’
      • ‘Her days as a single mother living on income support must now seem like a distant memory.’
      • ‘It is one of the poorest countries in the world, landlocked with poor transport facilities and most of the population living on subsistence farming.’
      • ‘The majority of the population continues to live off subsistence agriculture, in villages or the slums that have sprung up around major urban centres.’
      • ‘He lives off investments and money from his wife's life insurance policy.’
      1. 1.1Have (a particular amount of money) with which to buy food and other necessities.
        ‘how much money do you need to live on?’
        • ‘Relative poverty means someone living on an income of less than 60% of the average income or €164 per week.’
        • ‘The poorest 20 percent were living on a weekly income of less than $266.’
        • ‘Some people are simply not earning enough money to live on and must make stark choices between eating or heating.’
        • ‘She told me the money she lives on isn't enough to cover the bills.’
        • ‘One quarter of single parent families and pensioners are living on an income below the poverty line.’
        • ‘Many people in rural areas are living on incomes well below what most people enjoy.’
        • ‘We lived off his monthly income of $986, plus housing allowance, for a few months before I got a part-time job.’
        • ‘I think it's a disgrace that elderly people are forced to live on such a low income.’
        • ‘‘Too many elderly people are living on a low income because rate increases have been much higher than pension increases,’ he said.’
        • ‘The scheme is administered by the health boards, who pay rent supplements to tenants living on low incomes in private rented accommodation, to help them with their weekly rent.’
      2. 1.2Subsist on (a particular type of food)
        ‘scavenging seabirds live off discarded fish and fish offal’
        • ‘Dales farmers are being encouraged to swap sheep for herds of traditional types of cattle like blue greys and short horns that can survive the harsh winters living off the rough grasses.’
        • ‘She survived for a few years by living off of food scraps reluctantly donated by the citizens.’
        • ‘For weeks they slept under banana trees and lived on scavenged food.’
        • ‘Maybe they caught fish, or perhaps lived on the animals on the mountain side.’
        • ‘The calf must have survived by living off straw in the barn.’
        • ‘We've been here two days living off food we find.’
        • ‘It is a simple life: they live on fish, and there are few predators.’
        • ‘There is some debate as to whether early hominids were scavengers living off the remains of animals brought down and killed by other beasts, or whether these groups were hunters in their own right.’
        • ‘The terrified man was so intent not to be discovered that he refused to travel far for food and often lived off a diet of twigs and berries.’
        • ‘They live off begged and stolen food, in a room blackened by the smoke of the struggling stove.’
        subsist on, feed off, feed on, rely for nourishment on, thrive on, depend on
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      3. 1.3(of a person) eat, or seem to eat, only (a particular type of food)
        ‘she used to live on bacon and tomato sandwiches’
        • ‘Cooking natural ingredients from scratch is far cheaper than living off processed foods.’
        • ‘In his whole life he had never experienced such complex food; living off ready-meals for the last years seemed to have made his mouth accustomed to blandness.’
        • ‘For some time, the patient has been living off junk food, in particular pizza with cold iced drinks.’
        • ‘To their dismay they found out that many of them failed to take greens, leafy vegetables, pulses and cereals, and instead lived on fast food and colas.’
        • ‘She lives on cake and soup, which she heats up on a little ring right there in her room.’
        • ‘We're living off pate and dips.’
        • ‘Exclusive reliance on the car is the equivalent of living on fast food burgers - there should be no surprise if we get sick.’
        • ‘Some folks here at work tried low carb, living on bacon for several weeks.’
        • ‘He lived on fast food, and cartons and unfinished takeaways lay in every corner of his home.’
        • ‘Being born and raised in California and living off of Mexican food was going to make my life a bit interesting over here.’
  • live something out

    • 1Do in reality that which one has imagined.

      ‘your wedding day is the one time that you can live out your most romantic fantasies’
      • ‘I'm sure they would've been a lot happier if they were living out their dream onstage with a decent performer.’
      • ‘She's living out her dream.’
      • ‘You spend every possible moment living that dream out, and soon it begins to take over your everyday life.’
      • ‘They can claim they are protecting the religion, when they are really living out their violent fantasies of revenge.’
      • ‘He had these fantasies, and unlike many people, he's lived them out.’
    • 2Spend the rest of one's life in a particular place or particular circumstances.

      ‘he lived out his days as a happy family man’
      • ‘We've always had itchy feet but I can see us living our days out in Turkey.’
      • ‘I knew that the rest of my life would be lived out in group homes, or foster homes, or worse, staying at my grandmother's place.’
      • ‘He lived out the last quarter-century of his existence in the place he loved best, though still remembering the Italy, Egypt and India of his youth.’
      • ‘I imagine it's a great relief to him to be living his life out on a remote Pacific island.’
      • ‘All of these men would have lived out their lives in impotent obscurity had their families remained in England.’
      • ‘Butler was given a house by one of his wealthy admirers up there, and lived out the last three or four years of his life in this kind of subdivision, at the end of a cul-de-sac.’
      • ‘Galileo's sentence was to renounce his theory and to live out the rest of his days in a pleasant country house near Florence.’
      • ‘Down in Texas, at a shabby nursing home called Mud Creek Shady Rest, a fat wreck of a man is living out his final days.’
      • ‘That horse lived out his life in comfort in a warm barn with more straw and oats than he could use.’
      • ‘He could have lived out his years proud to have served his country and regarded as a hero from America's last ‘good’ war.’
  • live together

    • (especially of a couple not married to each other) share a home and have a sexual relationship.

      ‘they eventually decided to tie the knot after living together for eight years’
      • ‘They were seen together so often in New York that close friends considered them a couple, though they never lived together.’
      • ‘The couple were unmarried and lived together for nineteen years.’
      • ‘The couple had lived together for only ten days and were planning to get married.’
      • ‘It's really important that couples living together get the legal protection they need.’
      • ‘In England and Wales over two million couples currently live together without being married.’
      • ‘They'd known each other their entire lives, and living together was a natural progression for them.’
      • ‘Your relationship changed quite drastically when you started living together.’
      • ‘At one time, a couple living together without being married was regarded as shameful.’
      • ‘The couple was living together and the girl wanted to continue the relationship.’
      • ‘The couple had been living together for three years and were planning to buy a house.’
  • live up to

    • 1Fulfil (expectations)

      ‘the food more than lived up to Luke's predictions’
      • ‘When I was a kid, the circus never really lived up to my expectations.’
      • ‘The red pepper and goat's cheese tart lived up to expectations.’
      • ‘When you have children, it becomes all about living up to their expectations.’
      • ‘James already has accomplished the near-impossible by living up to the hype that followed him into the league.’
      • ‘And in the first half, York lived up to their billing as favourites.’
      • ‘Essex, living up to its reputation, performed especially well in comparison to its East of England neighbours.’
      • ‘Did they find the country lived up to their expectations?’
      • ‘There is no question Martin has failed to live up to his advance billing.’
      • ‘I had heard about this wonder boy and he lived up to all I had heard.’
      • ‘Maybe it's just an overproduced theatrical event that didn't live up to all the hype.’
      measure up to, match up to, come up to, reach, satisfy, fulfil, achieve, meet, equal, be equal to, be on a level with, compare with, admit of comparison, bear comparison with
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      1. 1.1Fulfil (an undertaking)
        ‘the president lived up to his promise to set America swiftly on a new path’
        • ‘He cites no international obligation that the U.S. has not lived up to.’
        • ‘He has not lived up to his promise to fully disclose the identities of his top money-collectors who bundle millions of dollars in campaign contributions.’
        • ‘Of the ones I know, or know of, there's about ten who have actually lived up to what they said they'd do.’
        • ‘‘The seller didn't live up to his promises,’ he says.’
        • ‘He completed his Cabinet less than a month after he became president-elect and lived up to his diversity vow.’
  • live with

    • 1Share a home and have a sexual relationship with (someone to whom one is not married)

      ‘Fran was now living with a man fourteen years older than her’
      • ‘He married four times, and at one stage was living with one woman in London and another in the country, at weekends.’
      • ‘It's impossible to know how they would act if they were stuck with living with these blokes in real life.’
      • ‘Barry knew of the relationship but continued to live with Amanda in the hope that the affair would end.’
      • ‘It made me feel rather lonely, despite the fact that I was living with Scott.’
      • ‘Katie, we learn, lived with Paul for nine years until things started to go wrong.’
      • ‘For many years he has lived with Jane in a house that they share in Islington.’
      • ‘His position was not harmed by the fact that he lived with the party leader's daughter.’
      • ‘Every man has to learn on his own how to live with a woman.’
      • ‘He said that he lived with his partner and her children, one of whom is disabled, and they treat him as their father.’
      • ‘He came to England but couldn't stand it so she decided she had to go and live with him in Cape Town.’
    • 2Accept or tolerate (something unpleasant)

      ‘our marriage was a failure—you have to learn to live with that fact’
      • ‘Chris is now free from the chronic pain and limitations that he was told he would have to learn to live with.’
      • ‘As the months ticked by, the question became more irritating, but he had to learn to live with it.’
      • ‘It is a problem he has learned to live with and rugby and the exercise involved has helped him cope.’
      • ‘If one of you leaves then the decision is made and you have to learn to live with it.’
      • ‘In the years since, Anne-Marie and her family have learned to live with epilepsy.’
      • ‘It seems that, for now, Americans will just have to learn to live with aggressive bees.’
      • ‘It had happened a long time ago and there was nothing he could do about it except learn to live with the nightmares.’
      • ‘Maybe Thomson learned to live with criticism and simply found the best way of dealing with it.’
      • ‘The people of Fulford need to accept that their properties are near a road and learn to live with the traffic.’
      • ‘I only hope he can learn to live with the guilt once he realises what he's done.’

Origin

Old English libban, lifian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch leven and German leben, also to life and leave.

Pronunciation

live

/lɪv/

Main definitions of live in English

: live1live2

live2

adjective

  • 1attributive Not dead or inanimate; living.

    ‘live animals’
    • ‘All 18 who were infected in the 1997 outbreak had been in close contact with live animals in markets or on farms.’
    • ‘Dried turtle meat, six live turtles and an undetermined number of explosives were recovered on the boat.’
    • ‘Nearby was a cage full of live rabbits and when questioned the teenagers could not provide a satisfactory answer as to how the animals came to be there.’
    • ‘Some people buy live trees that are balled in burlap instead of a cut tree.’
    • ‘For example, a dead tree is not an eyesore, it's a home - there's more life in a dead tree than a live tree.’
    • ‘Any new ingredients in these products are tested on live animals.’
    • ‘Hundreds of children have been visiting Roves Farm near Swindon to take part in the nativity with a cast of live animals.’
    • ‘The best way to prevent head lice spreading is to check your whole family's scalps regularly and treat them as soon as live lice are found.’
    • ‘They can also locate small heat sources, such as a liferaft in the open sea, or a live body in an expanse of snowy hillside.’
    • ‘Carnivorous animals will eat live insects and some will eat mice and rats.’
    • ‘Several diseases cause rings of dead grass with live green grass in the center.’
    • ‘Furthermore, is it ethically right for drug developers to use live subjects to test their developmental medicines?’
    • ‘Three hundred people staged a rally at Dover yesterday over the export of live animals.’
    • ‘I will not have for a pet anything that requires being fed other live animals.’
    • ‘Vacuuming removes mite allergen from carpets but is inefficient at removing live mites.’
    • ‘The veterinarians look at the live birds, checking for any that may be sick or injured.’
    • ‘Each year, Hong Kong imports 1.6 million live pigs from the mainland.’
    • ‘Unaffected countries have already banned imports of live birds and meat.’
    • ‘Is it better to be a live slave than a dead hero or heroine?’
    • ‘The EU yesterday banned the import of live birds, poultry meat and feathers from Romania for at least six months.’
    living, alive, having life, breathing
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    1. 1.1 (of a vaccine) containing viruses or bacteria that are living but of a mild or attenuated strain.
      • ‘The six victims inoculated with the attenuated live virus vaccine developed symptoms similar to those of yellow fever.’
      • ‘The particular make up of the MMR live vaccine means that many more children are being affected.’
      • ‘Is this because it was simply oral, or was it because it was a live vaccine?’
      • ‘An inactivated polio vaccine will replace live oral polio vaccines for all ages.’
      • ‘A live, attenuated influenza virus vaccine is nearing approval in the United States.’
      • ‘To avoid human infection, farmers should wear latex gloves when handling both infected animals and the live vaccine.’
      • ‘A live weakened virus vaccine is effective in preventing some of these diseases.’
      • ‘If he or she has recently received another live vaccine, you should delay vaccination for at least three weeks.’
      • ‘These children show few adverse reactions to routine vaccinations, including live vaccines.’
      • ‘Safety issues with the live flavivirus vaccines need to be recognised and addressed.’
    2. 1.2 (of yogurt) containing the living microorganisms by which it is formed.
      • ‘A plain live yoghurt with some added fresh fruit would be a better option.’
      • ‘The labeling is voluntary, so a container of yogurt could have live cultures but not show the seal.’
  • 2Relating to a musical performance given in concert, not on a recording.

    ‘there is traditional live music played most nights’
    ‘a live album’
    • ‘In 1910, a bandstand was erected for the then popular live brass band music.’
    • ‘You can dance the night away or just relax and enjoy the live music performed by the superb nine-piece Art Lester Band.’
    • ‘Do you attach any importance to what the press say about your music and your live performances?’
    • ‘Though it took many years to establish the technique of sound on film, live music accompanied public performances.’
    • ‘These musicians will perform a live holiday music show from a boxcar stage.’
    • ‘Dinner will be served at 6pm and the evening can be spent listening to live traditional music in the village.’
    • ‘However, I suspect that this band really come into their own with live performance.’
    • ‘As a former musician myself, I love live music and especially jazz.’
    • ‘So many people in the club seemed oblivious to the fact that there was actually live music being played.’
    • ‘As music teachers, we also must promote and encourage attendance at live performances.’
    • ‘We were treated to live vocals from a soprano, baritone, alto and tenor.’
    • ‘Added to that, his company is passionate about the relationship between live music and dance in performance.’
    • ‘The first live music on the stage was a band called the Duets, a lady and gent who had many fans around the square to hear their songs.’
    • ‘A live musical performance demands our attention and alters our perceptions of time and space.’
    • ‘The performance features two live musicians and five performers who do the work of about 10.’
    • ‘There was also a live concert of indigenous music and a lavish banquet.’
    • ‘The performance features six exceptional dancers with live music by the UK's leading tango ensemble.’
    • ‘Most of the evening performances were a blend of live music and spoken word performances.’
    • ‘In addition to the live music, local DJs will also be performing.’
    • ‘Although she has a preference for live music and performance Caroline has a very successful recording career on the Scorpus label.’
    1. 2.1 (of a broadcast) transmitted at the time of occurrence, not from a recording.
      ‘live coverage of the match’
      • ‘Crowded round a radio listening to the live broadcast from Parliament, we all felt that a change was going to come, something old was dying.’
      • ‘As yet there's no title, but the band previewed one song, Knives Out, in a live webcast in December.’
      • ‘As I removed my earpiece after a live broadcast on Tuesday, a man who'd been listening approached me.’
      • ‘Wearing a green coat and matching headscarf, she made two live broadcasts from just outside the city.’
      • ‘This was an historic event, the second ever live telecast out of Ireland.’
      • ‘Now, we have the regular live telecasts of even Italian and Spanish league football.’
      • ‘The performer had been asked to tone his act down after rehearsal but had ignored this request during the live broadcast.’
      • ‘My friends are soccer fanatics but they seemed to enjoy the live telecast, once I had explained the rules.’
      • ‘Bob agreed that he and Jim would take part in a live broadcast for Country Magazine.’
      • ‘This tape is a collection of 10 skits from the original live broadcasts of the show.’
      • ‘Right after that the government pulled the plug on further live broadcasts from the cathedral.’
      • ‘Hundreds more were watching by live webcast and listening in by audio conference.’
      • ‘This will be the first occasion on which a live broadcast will be made in Parliament.’
      • ‘It costs money to go to a football match, why not to watch a live broadcast?’
      • ‘Those who couldn't squeeze into the hall could hear the lecture blasted across the campus on speakers, or go home and view the live webcast.’
      • ‘The main argument being used against live telecasts is that they will slash attendances on cold winter nights.’
      • ‘Traditional broadcasters, with a live webcast of their output, were joined by new internet based stations.’
      • ‘It may not be very long before we will be able to watch anything via live webcast, though likely for a price.’
      • ‘But every effort is made, says Ian, to create the illusion that the broadcasts are live.’
      • ‘It presents not only sound but also pictures, and the news can be transmitted instantly in live coverage.’
      in the flesh, personal, in person, actual
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  • 3(of a wire or device) connected to a source of electric current.

    • ‘The cable was certainly live when we got there, but it may have been tripped further down the line.’
    • ‘Remember which wire is live and have your helper turn the power back off, checking with the tester to be sure.’
    • ‘The gang are expert at disabling alarms and have often cut through live junction boxes to do so.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Antony, the thinker, had cleverly skewered a piece of Cheddar onto the end of a bare live electrical wire.’
    • ‘The tree brought down electrical and BT lines, with a live cable setting the tree alight.’
    • ‘It is the second time the workman has stared death in the face after striking a live cable with a shovel in Bradford on Avon eight years ago.’
    • ‘The impact of the crash snapped the pole in two, with the upper half landing on his roof, leaving live cables dangling next to his property.’
    • ‘The base housed the live electrical wires.’
    • ‘Would the wires still be live once they weren't connected up to the box?’
    • ‘He died as a live electric wire fell down into river.’
    • ‘The crews also secured live electricity cables as falling trees and branches brought down overhead wires.’
    • ‘One accident involving a live electrical wire in his path while he was cutting grass nearly killed him.’
    electrified, charged, powered, connected, active, switched on
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    1. 3.1 Of, containing, or using undetonated explosive.
      ‘live ammunition’
      • ‘It normally fired airgun pellets and the modification turned it into a prohibited weapon as live bullets could be fired from it.’
      • ‘Not only is this stretch of land corrugated and unmarked, it is also a live minefield.’
      • ‘She was thrown down a mineshaft, and as she lay broken at the bottom a live grenade was tossed down on her.’
      • ‘Nothing replaces live training with live ammunition with the whole unit in the field.’
      • ‘People came into our house to shelter and told us that the army was shooting live rounds.’
      • ‘A live bomb travelled more than 20 miles through south Essex in the rush-hour before being discovered.’
      • ‘In the middle of the night we were ordered to assemble in full battle order with live ammo.’
      • ‘These live bombs leak contaminants and pose an explosive threat to fishers and divers.’
      • ‘He then set up two devices, each comprising a sawn-off shotgun barrel and live ammunition.’
      • ‘The missile was successfully tested on November 30 last year while carrying a live warhead.’
      • ‘When the revolver was examined it was discovered that all but two of the gun's chambers contained live bullets.’
      • ‘The stove was located two rooms away from the ammunition room, which had plenty of live ammo.’
      • ‘A sports day at a school turned tragic when a starter's pistol turned out to have a live bullet in it.’
      • ‘I would not have been surprised if she had used it with live ammo and despatched the squabbling members of her family.’
      • ‘A 9mm pistol containing eight live bullets was discovered hidden under a pile of clothes in a different wardrobe.’
      • ‘On Friday, police said they found two backpacks containing live bombs that had not exploded.’
      • ‘A loaded Smith and Wesson revolver and four live rounds of ammunition were found hidden in a box under a bed.’
      • ‘A Royal Navy bomb disposal team arrived this morning and confirmed the object was a live mortar bomb.’
      • ‘By this time I was shaking since I had no live bullets in my gun and not knowing what was going on.’
      • ‘How many other divers have encountered live munitions while pursuing their sport.’
      unexploded, explosive, explodable, active
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    2. 3.2 (of coals) burning or glowing.
      • ‘Nobody wished to retain money, everybody dropped it like a live coal.’
      • ‘The batter is poured into a banana-leaf-lined container and baked in a clay oven on live coals.’
      • ‘He would bank the furnace fires and close the draft to insure live coals the next morning.’
      • ‘A live coal from the altar has touched his lips, and they are purified.’
      • ‘The rice wine felt like live coal slipping down my throat.’
      hot, glowing, red hot, aglow, smouldering
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    3. 3.3 (of a match) unused.
      • ‘One Mum who was playing with live matches with her toddler daughter!’
      • ‘The joss stick had been stuck in a box of live matches.’
    4. 3.4 (of a wheel or axle in machinery) moving or imparting motion.
      • ‘Well it's American and it's got a live axle so it's bound to be no good, right?’
      • ‘Most lay the blame for its lack of handling on the live rear axle.’
    5. 3.5 (of a ball in a game) in play, especially in contrast to being foul or out of bounds.
      • ‘Burress then picks up the ball and drops it again, and the Falcons proceed to pick up what should be a live ball.’
      • ‘Now for the coup de grace: a pair of Offaly hands would wrap themselves around the next live ball.’
      • ‘The ball was still live and the pitcher threw it out of play.’
      • ‘The ball becomes live when it leaves the referee's or umpire's hands on a jump ball.’
      • ‘A player may leave the playing area to play a live ball.’
  • 4(of a question or subject) of current or continuing interest and importance.

    ‘the future organization of Europe has become a live issue’
    • ‘The issue has been a live issue for a number of years now.’
    • ‘Now, they must have been live issues, because we find more than traces of them.’
    • ‘The question has been a live one long before it entered the deep entrails of the European Union's legislative process.’
    • ‘As to the second point, is there a live question of discretion in this application?’
    • ‘Whether or not there was a default in payment of rent for these premises remains a live issue.’
    • ‘Here is a chance at least for the younger generation to make known its views on this live subject.’
    • ‘That is a live question because of the proposed abolition of the Compensation Court of New South Wales.’
    • ‘They knew that Vietnam is still a live issue among a certain generation.’
    • ‘Mr O'Dwyer, however, emphasised the issue was still live and would have to be dealt with.’
    • ‘None-the-less, concern to give local communities effective control over policing remains a live issue.’
    • ‘There is a question of trust and it is a live issue and we have to deal with it.’
    • ‘The movement of families from older estates to the new ones is also a very live issue and that is happening on a regular basis.’
    • ‘Food safety and pollution are very live issues.’
    • ‘The place of faith within politics looks likely to remain a live issue as the case for Turkish EU membership is made.’
    • ‘Obesity has become a politically live issue in recent years.’
    • ‘That led to the preliminary question, and therefore, your Honour, it remains a live question.’
    • ‘That, I submit, was a live issue for the jury when considering this appellant's case.’
    • ‘This is a particularly live issue in changes of job duties, the contractual scope of which is vital to decisions on redundancy payments.’
    • ‘So it was a live issue and a real issue for the jury to consider.’
    • ‘So the question of the process of reasoning that a trial judge is supposed to go through also became a very live question.’
    topical, current, of current interest, contemporary
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adverb

  • As or at an actual event or performance.

    ‘the match will be televised live’
    • ‘The race will be televised live around the world.’
    • ‘There's something about seeing sport live that makes a difference.’
    • ‘We just can't wait to be back on-stage performing live and especially at home in Ireland.’
    • ‘Thousands will relish the chance to see them perform together live on stage at Buckingham Palace.’
    • ‘Kian described it as the moment the band has all been waiting for, getting up on stage and performing live.’
    • ‘Their midday encounter was being shown live on the big screen, just behind the court.’
    • ‘What do you prefer - playing live or recording spectacular music in the solitude of a recording studio?’
    • ‘Glasgow's Proms in the Park will be broadcast live, in its entirety on BBC Radio Scotland.’
    • ‘Charlie sent a personal message and a signed photograph to brave Jasmine and free tickets have been arranged for her to see the band play live.’
    • ‘If enacted, either bill could prevent you from hearing your favorite band or DJ live.’
    • ‘The entire BBC Local Radio network in England will broadcast the funeral live.’
    • ‘You also allowed it to be broadcast live on television and on radio here.’
    • ‘The songs have been recorded live in studios and computers have not been used to arrange the music.’
    • ‘John will also report live from the major events in the political calendar.’
    • ‘This man is a singer of tremendous ability and well worth hearing live.’
    • ‘Even though I'd only written my first song then, I'd been playing live for years.’
    • ‘Millions more watched the event live on TV and listened to the national radio.’
    • ‘I also remember watching his resignation speech live, another great performance.’
    • ‘Each programme from the daytime schedule is broadcasting live from a different venue throughout the day.’
    • ‘The game will be screened live on Sky TV with a 6.05 pm kick off.’

Phrases

  • go live

    • (of a computer system) become operational.

      ‘the new system went live earlier this year’
      • ‘Six months later, in June 2001, our new Web site went live.’
      • ‘The University of Liverpool today unveiled a new supercomputer cluster which is expected to be one of the World's 100 most powerful systems when it goes live next month.’
      • ‘The new Cambridge Journals Online system went live in October 2000.’
      • ‘After the system has gone live, the consultants continue to train the users while they're doing their jobs.’
      • ‘In almost every case, the client would be better off waiting until the application goes live before testing, rather than testing an incomplete ensemble of code and components.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: shortening of alive.

Pronunciation

live

/lʌɪv/