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Definition of 'survive'


  1. 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: last live live on go endure hold up hold out
  2. continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.); "He survived the cancer against all odds"
       Synonyms: pull through pull round come through make it
       Antonyms: succumb yield
  3. 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 live subsist
  4. live longer than; "She outlived her husband by many years"
       Synonyms: outlive outlast

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