- 1 [intransitive] + adv./prep. to have your home in a particular place to live in a house Where do you live? She needs to find somewhere to live. We used to live in London. Both her children still live at home. (informal) Where do these plates live (= where are they usually kept)? be alive
- 2 [intransitive] to remain alive The doctors said he only had six months to live. Spiders can live for several days without food. live to do something She lived to see her first grandchild.
- 3 [intransitive] to be alive, especially at a particular time When did Handel live? He's the greatest player who ever lived. type of life
- 4 [intransitive, transitive] to spend your life in a particular way He lived in poverty most of his life. live something She lived a very peaceful life. They lived their lives to the full. + noun She lived and died a single woman. be remembered
- 5 [intransitive] to continue to exist or be remembered synonym remain This moment will live in our memory for many years to come. Her words have lived with me all my life. have excitement
- 6[intransitive] to have a full and exciting life I don't want to be stuck in an office all my life—I want to live! Word Origin Old English libban, lifian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch leven and German leben, also to life and leave (verb).Extra examples All she wanted was to get married and live happily ever after. He lives in Cape Town. He was living quietly with his family. He’s now living a life of luxury in Australia. He’s still living at home. I absolutely could not live without my cell phone! I did want to live more fully. I shall remember this day for as long as I live. I still live with my mum. I’m not going to live here permanently. Many of the people live in poverty and misery. Most of the people live very well, with nice houses and plenty to eat. She disapproves of unmarried couples living together. She lived through two world wars. She lived to the age of 95. She lives quite near here. She tried to live vicariously through her children. She’s lived at this same address for four years. The couple have lived apart for two years. They lived among the people of this remote island. They lived frugally off a diet of beans and lentils. They’ll have enough money to live comfortably. Tonight she felt like living dangerously. We went to live in Canada when I was three. Who wants to live forever? I don’t. Women live longer than men in general. You can live there quite cheaply. children living separately from their parents learning to live with disability living with Aids older people still living independently teaching children about the world we live in the need to live as harmoniously as possible with everyone else young couples looking for a place to live He’s the greatest player who ever lived. I don’t want to be stuck in an office all my life—I want to live! I live in an old farmhouse. She needs to find somewhere to live. Where do these plates live? to live (on) for decades/many years/all my life/the rest of my lifeIdioms (informal) to have enough money to be able to live a very comfortable life See related entries: Plants (British English) if two people are in each other’s pockets, they are too close to each other or spend too much time with each other
- 1to still be alive after the time when you were expected to die He’s been living on borrowed time ever since his last heart attack.
- 2to be doing something that other people are likely to soon stop you from doing According to the latest opinion polls, the government is living on borrowed time.
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BrE BrE//lɪv//; NAmE NAmE//lɪv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they live
BrE BrE//lɪv//; NAmE NAmE//lɪv//he / she / it lives
BrE BrE//lɪvz//; NAmE NAmE//lɪvz//past simple lived
BrE BrE//lɪvd//; NAmE NAmE//lɪvd//past participle lived
BrE BrE//lɪvd//; NAmE NAmE//lɪvd//-ing form living
BrE BrE//ˈlɪvɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪvɪŋ//