- 1 [intransitive] to continue to live or exist She was the last surviving member of the family. Of the six people injured in the crash, only two survived. The children had to survive by begging and stealing. (humorous) ‘How are you these days?’ ‘Oh, surviving.’ Don't worry, it's only a scratch—you'll survive. survive from something Some strange customs have survived from earlier times. survive on something I can't survive on £40 a week (= it is not enough for my basic needs). They spent two months in the jungle, surviving on small animals and fruit. survive as something He survived as party leader until his second election defeat.
- 2 [transitive] to continue to live or exist despite a dangerous event or time survive something The company managed to survive the crisis. Many birds didn't survive the severe winter. survive something + adj. Few buildings survived the war intact.
- 3[transitive] survive somebody/something to live or exist longer than somebody/something synonym outlive She survived her husband by ten years. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French sourvivre, from Latin supervivere, from super-
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BrE BrE//səˈvaɪv//; NAmE NAmE//sərˈvaɪv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they survive
BrE BrE//səˈvaɪv//; NAmE NAmE//sərˈvaɪv//he / she / it survives
BrE BrE//səˈvaɪvz//; NAmE NAmE//sərˈvaɪvz//past simple survived
BrE BrE//səˈvaɪvd//; NAmE NAmE//sərˈvaɪvd//past participle survived
BrE BrE//səˈvaɪvd//; NAmE NAmE//sərˈvaɪvd//-ing form surviving
BrE BrE//səˈvaɪvɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//sərˈvaɪvɪŋ//