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adjective [never before noun] alive pronunciation in British English /əˈlaɪv/
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  1. 1
    living and not dead
    My father died last year but my mother is still alive.
    He is lucky to be alive after his fall.
    stay alive: The family was stealing food just to stay alive.
    be buried/burned/captured etc alive (=while still living): The boat caught fire and the two men were burned alive.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      still existing and not gone or forgotten
      Memories of the controversy are still very much alive.
      keep something alive: Their goal was to keep alive the traditional Jewish faith.
  2. 2
    full of energy and feeling happy and excited
    With the wind rushing through her hair she felt intensely alive.
    1. a.
      full of activity
      alive with: The street was alive with the sound of children playing.
      come alive: The village really comes alive at Christmas.
    2. b.
      interesting and exciting
      come alive: The game really came alive after 25 minutes when Rogers scored.



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