live on - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theylive on
he/she/itlives on
present participleliving on
past tenselived on
past participlelived on
  1. 1
    live on something to have a particular amount of money to buy the things that you need to live

    They have to live on a pension of £350 a month.

  2. 2
    live on something to eat a particular kind of food

    These fish live on small sea creatures such as shrimp.

    They seem to live on nothing but chips and chocolate.

See also main entry: live