live for - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theylive for
he/she/itlives for
present participleliving for
past tenselived for
past participlelived for
  1. 1
    live for something/someone to think someone or something is so important that they are your main reason for living

    She lives for her work.

  2. 2
    have something to live for to have a reason to want to stay alive

    He spoke in the voice of a man with nothing left to live for.

    Gregory was 21 and had everything to live for.

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  3. 3
    live for the day when to want something to happen very much

    He lived for the day when he would be old enough to leave home.

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See also main entry: live