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Definition of 'live'


  1. inhabit or live in; "People lived in Africa millions of years ago"; "The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted"; "this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean"
       Synonyms: dwell inhabit
  2. lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style; "we had to live frugally after the war"
  3. continue to live; endure or last; "We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents"; "how long can a person last without food and water?"
       Synonyms: survive last live on go endure hold up hold out
  4. support oneself; "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"
       Synonyms: exist survive subsist
  5. have life, be alive; "Our great leader is no more"; "My grandfather lived until the end of war"
       Synonyms: be
  6. have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations; "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"; "I lived through two divorces"
       Synonyms: know experience
  7. pursue a positive and satisfying existence; "You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live"


  1. actually being performed at the time of hearing or viewing; "a live television program"; "brought to you live from Lincoln Center"; "live entertainment involves performers actually in the physical presence of a live audience"
       Synonyms: unrecorded
       Antonyms: recorded

      A guitarist plays a guitar in concert 

  2. 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"
       Antonyms: dead
  3. possessing life; "the happiest person alive"; "the nerve is alive"; "doctors are working hard to keep him alive"; "burned alive"; "a live canary"
       Synonyms: alive
       Antonyms: dead
  4. highly reverberant; "a live concert hall"
  5. charged with an explosive; "live ammunition"; "a live bomb"
  6. elastic; rebounds readily; "clean bouncy hair"; "a lively tennis ball"; "as resilient as seasoned hickory"; "springy turf"
       Synonyms: bouncy lively resilient springy
  7. abounding with life and energy; "the club members are a really live bunch"
  8. in current use or ready for use; "live copy is ready to be set in type or already set but not yet proofread"
  9. of current relevance; "a live issue"; "still a live option"
  10. charged or energized with electricity; "a hot wire"; "a live wire"
       Synonyms: hot
  11. capable of erupting; "a live volcano"; "the volcano is very much alive"
       Synonyms: alive


  1. not recorded; "the opera was broadcast live"

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