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Definition of survive verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they survive
    he / she / it survives
    past simple survived
    -ing form surviving
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  1. 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 $75 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 mayor until the city fell on hard times.
  2. 2[transitive] to continue to live or exist despite a dangerous event or time survive something The company was able to survive the crisis. Many birds didn't survive the severe winter. survive something + adj. Few buildings survived the war intact.
  3. 3[transitive] survive somebody/something to live or exist longer than someone or something synonym outlive She survived her husband by ten years.
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