Meaning of live


Pronunciation: (liv), [key]
— v., lived liv•ing.
  1. to have life, as an organism; be alive; be capable of vital functions: all things that live.
  2. to continue to have life; remain alive: to live to a ripe old age.
  3. to continue in existence, operation, memory, etc.; last: a book that lives in my memory.
  4. to maintain or support one's existence; provide for oneself: to live on one's income.
  5. to feed or subsist (usually fol. by on or upon): to live on rice and bananas.
  6. to dwell or reside (usually fol. by in, at, etc.): to live in a cottage.
  7. to pass life in a specified manner: They lived happily ever after.
  8. to direct or regulate one's life: to live by the golden rule.
  9. to experience or enjoy life to the full: At 40 she was just beginning to live.
  10. to cohabit (usually fol. by with).
  11. to escape destruction or remain afloat, as a ship or aircraft.
  1. to pass (life): to live a life of ease.
  2. to practice, represent, or exhibit in one's life: to live one's philosophy.
  3. to live so as to allow (a mistake, disgrace, etc.) to be forgotten or forgiven: She'll never live that crucial moment of failure down.
  4. See(def. 10).
  5. to reside at or away from the place of one's employment, esp. as a domestic servant: Their butler lives in, but the maids live out.
  6. to live in an extravagant or wild manner; pursue pleasure: He started living it up after he got out of the army.
  7. to live in accordance with (expectations or an ideal or standard); measure up to: He never lived up to his father's vision of him.
  8. to live comfortably: They're not wealthy but they live well.


Pronunciation: (līv), [key]
— adj., adv. liv•er, liv•est
  1. being alive; living; alive: live animals.
  2. of, pertaining to, or during the life of a living being: the animal's live weight.
  3. characterized by or indicating the presence of living creatures: the live sounds of the forest.
  4. (of a person) energetic; alert; lively: The club members are a really live bunch.
  5. full of life, energy or activity: His approach in any business dealing is live and fresh.
  6. burning or glowing: live coals in the fireplace.
  7. having resilience or bounce: a live tennis ball.
  8. being in play, as a baseball or football.
  9. loaded or unexploded, as a cartridge or shell: live ammunition.
  10. made up of actual persons: to perform before a live audience.
  11. (of a radio or television program) broadcast while happening or being performed; not prerecorded or taped: a live telecast.
  12. being highly resonant or reverberant, as an auditorium or concert hall.
  13. vivid or bright, as color.
  14. of current interest or importance, as a question or issue; controversial; unsettled.
  15. moving or imparting motion; powered: the live head on a lathe.
  16. still in use, or to be used, as type set up or copy for printing.
  17. electrically connected to a source of potential difference, or electrically charged so as to have a potential different from that of earth: a live wire.
    1. a person who spends money readily.
    2. a person easily imposed upon or made the dupe of others.
  1. (of a radio or television program) at the moment of its happening or being performed; not on tape or by prerecording: a program broadcast live.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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