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



    BrE BrE//laɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//laɪv//
    [usually before noun] Live music, Websites
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    not dead
  1. 1  living; not dead live animals the number of live births (= babies born alive) We saw a real live rattlesnake! More Like This Adjectives that only come before a noun all-round, antenatal, aspiring, chief, dedicated, eventual, express, high-flying, live, lone, mere, mitigating, rogue, sheer, standout, ulterior, utterSee worksheet.
  2. not recorded
  3. 2  (of a broadcast) sent out while the event is actually happening, not recorded first and broadcast later live coverage of the World Cup
  4. 3  (of a performance) given or made when people are watching, not recorded The club has live music most nights. a live recording made at Wembley Arena the band’s new live album It was the first interview I'd done in front of a live audience (= with people watching). See related entries: Live music
  5. electricity
  6. 4(of a wire or device) connected to a source of electrical power That terminal is live.
  7. bullets/matches
  8. 5still able to explode or light; ready for use live ammunition
  9. coals
  10. 6live coals are burning or are still hot and red
  11. yogurt
  12. 7live yogurt still contains the bacteria needed to turn milk into yogurt
  13. question/subject
  14. 8of interest or importance at the present time Pollution is still very much a live issue.
  15. Internet
  16. 9(of an electronic link) functioning correctly, so that it is connected to another document or page on the Internet Here are some live links to other aviation-related web pages. See related entries: Websites
  17. Word Originmid 16th cent.: shortening of alive.Extra examples I can watch the games live on TV. This programme comes to you live from the Albert Hall. In those days the broadcasts all went out live. Is the show live or recorded? Later we’ll talk live with the former New York police commissioner. The CD was recorded live at a concert given last year. The band have never played this song live before. The game will be televised live this evening. The new website is expected to go live in October. The show was filmed live at the Arena. The show will air live on June 10. The trial was carried live on a Chicago radio station. This concert comes to you live from Carnegie Hall. We’ll be reporting live from Beijing. Customs officials seized 400 live snakes packed in crates. I need to talk to a live person. The victim’s pockets were full of live ammunition. the number of live birthsIdioms a person who is lively and full of energy See related entries: Energetic
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