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verb [intransitive/transitive] survive pronunciation in American English /sərˈvaɪv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesurviving
past tensesurvived
past participlesurvived
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  1. 1
    to stay alive despite an injury, illness, war, etc.
    Just eight passengers survived the plane crash.
    His doctor says it’s a miracle that he survived.
  2. 2
    to continue to exist, especially in a difficult or dangerous situation
    Of all the museum’s paintings, only one survived the fire.
    The organization cannot survive unless we make some major changes.
  3. 3
    to manage to deal with something difficult or unpleasant
    I don’t know how I ever survived high school.
    Don’t worry about Molly – she’ll survive.



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