Live - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |lɪv|  American pronunciation of the word live
Brit.  |laɪv|  British pronunciation of the word live
- be an inhabitant of or reside in (syn: dwell, inhabit, populate)
- lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style
- continue to live and avoid dying (syn: endure, go, hold out, hold up, last, live on, survive)
- support oneself (syn: exist, subsist, survive)
- have life, be alive (syn: be)
- have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations (syn: experience, know)
- pursue a positive and satisfying existence
- highly reverberant
- charged with an explosive
- elastic; rebounds readily (syn: bouncy, lively, resilient, springy)
- abounding with life and energy
- in current use or ready for use
- of current relevance
- charged or energized with electricity (syn: hot)
- capable of erupting (syn: alive)
- not recorded


We learned about the people who lived during colonial times.

I wonder what it was like to live then.

She's one of the greatest writers who ever lived.

It was one of the largest animals that has ever lived.

He lived to the age of 92.

He's very sick and he may not live much longer.

I hope I live to see the day when you admit you've been wrong about me!

I'll remember that day for as long as I live.

He lives next door to his parents.

We lived in the city.

They object to the use of live animals in scientific experiments.

A nightclub with live music

She was nervous about being interviewed on live radio.

The network is providing live coverage of the debate.

Use caution when you are working near live electrical wires.

Phrasal verbs

live down  — live so as to annul some previous behavior
live in  — live in the house where one works
live on  — continue to live and avoid dying
live out  — live out one's life; live to the end
live together  — share living quarters; usually said of people who are not married and live together as a couple
live up to  — meet the requirements or expectations of

Word forms

I/you/we/they: live
he/she/it: lives
present participle: living
past tense: lived
past participle: lived
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