1. [ verb ] (housing) make one's home or live in
Synonyms: reside populate dwell inhabit domicile people domiciliate shack

"There are only 250,000 people in Iceland" "I live in a 200-year old house" "These people inhabited all the islands that are now deserted" "The plains are sparsely populated"

Related terms: be camp occupy lodge board cohabit overpopulate neighbor rusticate live_in live_out people dwelling population resident inhabitant hovel residency inhabitancy liver
2. [ verb ] lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style

"we had to live frugally after the war"

Related terms: swing move unlive wanton dissipate vegetate bushwhack buccaneer bachelor eke_out pig cash_out liver exist
3. [ verb ] (work) support oneself by doing a certain type of work
Synonyms: survive last endure live_on go hold_up live_off hold_out live_by exist_by

"She lives on the meager income from her writing"

Related terms: exist stand_up live_out perennate exist be be
4. [ verb ] continue to live; endure or last
Synonyms: survive last endure go hold_up hold_out live_on

"We went without water and food for 3 days" "The legend of Elvis lives on" "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America" "The racecar driver lived through several very serious accidents"

Related terms: stand_up live_out perennate exist be be
5. [ verb ] support oneself
Synonyms: survive exist subsist

"he could barely exist on such a low wage" "Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?" "Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day"

Related terms: live_on breathe indwell freewheel live_on live_on live_on survive survivor
6. [ verb ] have life, be alive
Synonyms: be

"Our great leader is no more" "My grandfather lived until the end of war"

Related terms: live_on survive animation life_form
7. [ adjective ] (television) actually being performed (or--for the audience--present) at the time of viewing
Synonyms: unrecorded

"a live television program" "brought to you live from Lincoln Center" "live entertainment" involves performers actually in the physical presence of a "live audience"

Related terms: recorded unfilmed
8. [ verb ] have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
Synonyms: know experience

"I know the feeling!" "have you ever known hunger?" "I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict" "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare"

Related terms: experience relive taste experience
9. [ adjective ] charged with an explosive

"live ammunition" "a live bomb"

Related terms: loaded
10. [ adverb ] not recorded

"the opera was broadcast live"

11. [ adjective ] showing characteristics of life; 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"

Related terms: dead smoldering living in_play living glowing
12. [ adjective ] of current relevance

"a live issue" "still a live option"

Related terms: current
13. [ adjective ] (electricity) charged or energized with electricity
Synonyms: hot

"a hot wire" "a live wire"

Related terms: electricity charged
14. [ adjective ] having life
Synonyms: living

"a live canary" "hit a live nerve" "famous living painters" "living tissue" "living plants and animals"

Related terms: alive
15. [ adjective ] (informal) abounding with life and energy

"the club members are a really live bunch"

Related terms: colloquialism lively
16. [ adjective ] highly reverberant

"a live concert hall"

Related terms: reverberant
17. [ adjective ] rebounds readily
Synonyms: lively resilient springy whippy bouncy

"clean bouncy hair" "a lively tennis ball" "as resiliant as seasoned hickory" "springy turf"

Related terms: elastic
18. [ verb ] pursue a positive and satisfying existence

"You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live"

19. [ adjective ] (printing) in current use or ready for use

"live copy is ready to be set in type or already set but not yet proofread"

Related terms: printing current
20. [ adjective ] capable of erupting
Synonyms: alive

"a live volcano" "the volcano is very much alive"

Related terms: active
Similar spelling:   liv