Definition of alive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈlaɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaɪv//
    [not before noun]
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  1. 1  living; not dead We don't know whether he's alive or dead. Is your mother still alive? Doctors kept the baby alive for six weeks. I was glad to hear you're alive and well. She had to steal food just to stay alive. He was buried alive in the earthquake.
  2. 2alive (with something) full of emotion, excitement, activity, etc. Ed was alive with happiness. Her eyes were alive with interest.
  3. 3continuing to exist to keep a tradition alive Money from charities is keeping the theatre alive.
  4. 4alive with something full of living or moving things The pool was alive with goldfish.
  5. 5alive to something aware of something; knowing something exists and is important to be alive to the dangers/facts/possibilities The government should be alive to the problems faced by industry. More Like This Adjectives that do not come before a noun afloat, addicted, afraid, alike, alive, alone, ashamed, asleep, awakeSee worksheet.
  6. Word OriginOld English on līfe, literally ‘in life’.Extra examples Doctors fought to keep her alive. Five people were found alive in the wreckage. For four days he seemed barely alive. He considered himself lucky to escape alive. He remained keenly alive to the dangers. His eyes were suddenly alive with excitement. I feel really alive in the country! I wasn’t sure if he was still alive. It was a very narrow escape and we are lucky to be alive. Lost and so far from other human life, he faced a desperate struggle to stay alive. My mother is still alive and kicking. Poor child, she looks more dead than alive. She realized that she had only been half alive for the last four years. The art of debate is alive and well in our schools. The city comes alive at night. The hall was alive with the sound of voices. The old customs are still very much alive in this region. The old rascal is still very much alive. The people try to keep the old traditions alive. The police are desperate to catch this man dead or alive. The wealth of detail in his book really brings it alive. They had little chance of returning alive. He is very much alive to new ideas. I was glad to hear you’re alive and well. Is your grandmother still alive? She had to steal food just to stay alive. They are alive to the fact that the opposing team has not lost a game this season. We don’t know whether he’s alive or dead. We’re all alive to the dangers of an over-centralized state.Idioms very active, healthy or popular See related entries: Good health to make something interesting The pictures bring the book alive. The teacher brought history alive with fascinating stories.
    1. 1(of a subject or an event) to become interesting and exciting synonym come to life The game came alive in the second half. New political issues suddenly came alive after the election. See related entries: Excitement
    2. 2(of a place) to become busy and full of activity synonym come to life The city starts to come alive after dark. The fishing villages come alive in spring.
    3. 3(of a person) to show interest in something and become excited about it She came alive as she talked about her job.
      eat somebody alive (informal)
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    1. 1to criticize or punish somebody severely because you are extremely angry with them He’ll eat you alive if he ever finds out. See related entries: Anger
    2. 2to defeat somebody completely in an argument, a competition, etc. The defence lawyers are going to eat you alive tomorrow.
    3. 3[usually passive] (of insects, etc.) to bite somebody many times I was being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
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