Definition of survivor in English:



  • 1A person who survives, especially a person remaining alive after an event in which others have died.

    ‘he was the sole survivor of the massacre’
    • ‘A schoolteacher yesterday gave up his Christmas holidays to help the survivors of the tsunami in Asia.’
    • ‘There have been harrowing stories of some of the few survivors still alive.’
    • ‘The few survivors had clung to the vessel for more than two hours before fishing boats rescued them.’
    • ‘What was it like competing with fellow breast cancer survivors?’
    • ‘One survivor said the building came down in the blink of an eye.’
    • ‘Therapy is beneficial for most survivors of disasters, especially if intervention is rapid.’
    • ‘Many burn survivors have reported the same behaviour.’
    • ‘The sole survivor of a plane crash in the Guatemalan jungle, she has lost much of her memory.’
    • ‘One third of all stroke survivors experience aphasia, or impaired comprehension and speech.’
    • ‘In their own words, child survivors recount the horrific event and the desperate weeks that followed.’
    • ‘He reminded the nation that he was the son of a holocaust survivor.’
    • ‘Holocaust survivors also go through the normal, mundane routines of daily life.’
    • ‘Two of her sisters are also breast cancer survivors and another had colorectal cancer.’
    • ‘Reporters went to Vietnam to interview survivors of the event who clearly corroborated official accounts.’
    • ‘The survivors of the disaster would never forget what they saw that night.’
    • ‘Around 70 percent of tsunami survivors still have psychological problems three months later, according to official figures.’
    • ‘She may be a lone survivor, but her sisters would have been exact replicas.’
    • ‘Workers take donations from people who want to help tsunami survivors in the affected countries.’
    • ‘I think it's a great idea, and it honors the survivors of that horrible tragedy.’
    • ‘‘It is the last opportunity to do this while survivors are still alive,’ he said.’
    1. 1.1The remainder of a group of people or things.
      ‘a survivor from last year's team’
      • ‘A rare survivor from the Victorian age, the gardens have been returned to their heyday and are full of spectacular spring bulbs.’
      • ‘Sure there are some rare survivors of the era, but how have they held up?’
      • ‘Wentworth Castle was designed as a trophy home, built for the decadence and frivolity of the Georgian days and the glasshouse is a rare survivor of these times.’
      • ‘The huge yacht house is a rare survivor of a virtually vanished building type.’
      • ‘A rare survivor is the giant camera that still stands upon San Francisco's western cliffs.’
      residue, survivor, legacy, vestige, trace
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    2. 1.2A person who copes well with difficulties in their life.
      ‘she is a born survivor’
      • ‘She's a born survivor, a walking miracle and something of a local celebrity, all at the tender age of just three.’
      • ‘He dismisses the influence of having to adjust to a new land and a new people might have had on him as a teenager and suddenly you understand he was born a survivor.’
      • ‘A social chameleon and born survivor, Sneath is there as events unfold and is around to tell the story later.’
    3. 1.3Law A joint tenant who has the right to the whole estate on the other's death.
      • ‘That joint tenant subsequently died and the survivor claimed that there had been no valid severance in this instance.’
      • ‘Property held under a joint tenancy rather than separately passes to the survivor on death.’
      • ‘It was agreed in the event of either death the estate of the deceased would pass to the survivor.’
      • ‘This means that on the death of the first of you the survivor automatically becomes the owner of the whole property.’
      • ‘Under their wills, the house will pass to the survivor on the death of either of them.’