Definition and Meanings for live

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Part of Speech of live

intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb, adjective, noun

Etymology of live

oe. liven, livien, as. libban, lifian; akin to os. libbian, d. leven, g. leben, ohg. leb, dan. leve, sw. lefva, icel. lifa to live, to be left, to remain, goth. liban to live; akin to e. leave to forsake, and life, gr. liparei^n to persist, liparo`s oily, shining, sleek, li`pos fat, lard, skr. lip to anoint, smear; -- the first sense prob. was, to cleave to, stick to; hence, to remain, stay; and hence, to live abbreviated from alive. see alive, life

Meaning of live


as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to be alive; to have life; to have, as an animal or a plant, the capacity of assimilating matter as food, and to be dependent on such assimilation for a continuance of existence; as, animals and plants that live to a great age are long in reaching maturity.
  • to pass one's time; to pass life or time in a certain manner, as to habits, conduct, or circumstances; as, to live in ease or affluence; to live happily or usefully.
  • to make one's abiding place or home; to abide; to dwell; to reside; as, to live in a cottage by the sea.
  • to be or continue in existence; to exist; to remain; to be permanent; to last; -- said of inanimate objects, ideas, etc.
  • to enjoy or make the most of life; to be in a state of happiness; as, people want not just to exist, but to live.
  • to feed; to subsist; to be nourished or supported; -- with on; as, horses live on grass and grain.
  • to have a spiritual existence; to be quickened, nourished, and actuated by divine influence or faith.
  • to be maintained in life; to acquire a livelihood; to subsist; -- with on or by; as, to live on spoils.
  • to outlast danger; to float; -- said of a ship, boat, etc.; as, no ship could live in such a storm.

as transitive verb

  • to spend, as one's life; to pass; to maintain; to continue in, constantly or habitually; as, to live an idle or a useful life.
  • to act habitually in conformity with; to practice.

as adjective

  • having life; alive; living; not dead.
  • being in a state of ignition; burning; having active properties; as, a live coal; live embers.
  • full of earnestness; active; wide awake; glowing; as, a live man, or orator.
  • vivid; bright.
  • imparting power; having motion; as, the live spindle of a lathe; live steam.
  • connected to a voltage source; as, a live wire.
  • being transmitted instantaneously, as events occur, in contrast to recorded.
  • still in active play; -- of a ball being used in a game; as, a live ball.
  • pertaining to an entertainment event which was performed (and possibly recorded) in front of an audience; contrasted to performances recorded in a studio without an audience.

as noun

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