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verb live pronunciation in British English /lɪv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleliving
past tenselived
past participlelived
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  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
    people living in poverty
    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.
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    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.
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  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.



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