live - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleliving
past tenselived
past participlelived
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to have your home in a particular place

    Paris is a nice place to live.

    live in/near/on/at etc:

    They lived in a basement flat in South London.

    I think he lives somewhere near Bath.

    live at home (=in your parents’ home):

    Do you still live at home?

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to have a particular kind of life

    They have lived under military rule for nineteen years.

    Food is inexpensive here, so you can live quite cheaply.

    live well/comfortably (=have a pleasant life with plenty of money):

    I had a good salary then, and we lived pretty well.

    live a full/quiet/busy life:

    Now they have retired and want to live a quiet life.

    live a life of crime/luxury/hardship:

    She was destined from birth to live a life of hardship.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to keep yourself alive in a particular way
    live by doing something:

    The Aymaras live by hunting and fishing in the Desaguadero river.

    live on/off something:

    Millions of families are living on benefits.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to be alive, or to stay alive

    She’s not expected to live long.

    Who wants to live forever?

    live to the age of.../live to be...:

    Despite her unhealthy lifestyle, Aunt Joan lived to be 86.

    live to do something (=live long enough to do it):

    He lived to see the first talking pictures.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      to be alive in a particular time

      He’s one of the greatest pianists who ever lived.

      live in/at/before/after:

      Hippodamus lived in the early fifth century BC.

       Synonyms and related words
  5. 5
    [intransitive] to continue to exist and have influence

    The spirit of revolution still lives.

    live in someone’s memory:

    The events of that day have always lived in my memory.

  6. 6
    [intransitive] to have an interesting and exciting life

    Come on, you have to live a little!

  7. 7
    [intransitive] informal to be usually kept in a particular place
    live in/on/under:

    The box lives on the top shelf there.

  8.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    live it large informal to go out and enjoy yourself at a pub, club or bar

    They've been livin' it large.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 18/04/2012
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