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Definition of live on phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


live on

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
to continue to live or exist She died ten years ago but her memory lives on. He lived on for fifteen years after his wife died.

    live on something

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  1. 1to eat a particular type of food to live Small birds live mainly on insects.
  2. 2(often disapproving) to eat only or a lot of a particular type of food She lives on burgers.
  3. 3to have enough money for the basic things you need to live You can't live on ninety dollars a week. My salary isn't enough for us to live on.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: live on