live - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [only before noun] living and not dead

    The table shows the rate of infant mortality per 1000 live births.

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  2. 2
    a live television or radio programme can be watched or listened to at the same time as it happens

    Australia’s popular live TV comedy series The Late Show

    non-stop live coverage of the trial

    1. a.
      a live performance is given before an audience

      We found a bar that has live music on Friday nights.

    2. b.
      a live recording is made during a performance and not in a studio

      The band are releasing a live album of their recent Japan tour.

  3. 4
    live bullets are real, rather than blanks or rubber or plastic bullets
    1. b.
      a live match is capable of producing a flame because it has not yet been used
  4. 5
    a live issue continues to be important and relevant

    We’ve got to make people realize that drink-driving is still a live issue.