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noun [countable]     survivor pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    someone or something that still exists after an event that could have killed or destroyed them

    There were only two survivors of the airplane crash.

    a breast cancer survivor

    1. a.
      someone or something that still exists after every other member of a group has died or been destroyed

      He is the sole survivor of the 1935 winning team.

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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