Definition of live verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    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//
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    in a place
  1. 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)?
  2. be alive
  3. 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.
  4. 3  [intransitive] to be alive, especially at a particular time When did Handel live? He's the greatest player who ever lived.
  5. type of life
  6. 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.
  7. be remembered
  8. 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.
  9. have excitement
  10. 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!
  11. Word OriginOld 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
    be/live in each other’s pockets
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    (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
      be (living) on borrowed time
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    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    how the other half lives
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    the way of life of a different social group, especially one much richer than you
    lead/live the life of Riley
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    (old-fashioned, often disapproving) to live an enjoyable and comfortable life with no problems or responsibilities The two crooks had been living the life of Riley. He planned to retire early and then lead the life of Riley.
    live and breathe something
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    to be very enthusiastic about something He just lives and breathes football.
    (saying) used to say that you should accept other people’s opinions and behaviour even though they are different from your own to earn money by clever or sometimes dishonest means
    live (from) hand to mouth
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    to spend all the money you earn on basic needs such as food without being able to save any money
    to behave as though society, etc. has not changed, when in fact it has (old-fashioned or humorous) to live together and have a sexual relationship without being married (informal) to enjoy yourself in an exciting way, usually spending a lot of money to keep something important about yourself a secret from other people, so that they do not know what you really think, what you are really like, etc.
    live off the fat of the land
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    to have enough money to be able to afford expensive things, food, drink, etc.
    to eat whatever food you can grow, kill or find yourself (British English) to live or sleep outdoors, usually because you have no home and no money young people sleeping rough on the streets
    live to fight another day
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    (saying) used to say that although you have failed or had a bad experience, you will continue
    long live somebody/something
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    used to say that you hope somebody/something will live or last for a long time
    people (who live) in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
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    (saying) you should not criticize other people, because they will easily find ways of criticizing you
    used to tell somebody that if they have not had a particular experience their life is not complete You've never been to New York? You haven't lived! used to express surprise at something new or unexpected you have been told
    Phrasal Verbslive by somethinglive by doing somethinglive somethingdownlive for somebodylive inlive off somebodylive off somethinglive onlive on somethinglive outlive out somethinglive through somethinglive togetherlive up to somethinglive with somebodylive with something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: live