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adverb live pronunciation in British English /laɪv/
  1. if something is broadcast live, it can be watched or listened to at the same time as it happens

    The match is being broadcast live tonight on BBC1.

    1. a.
      if something is performed live, it is performed before an audience

      She recently sang live at the Asian Pop Awards ceremony.

    2. b.
      if something is recorded live, it is recorded during a concert and not in a studio


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