Definition of survivor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//səˈvaɪvə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//sərˈvaɪvər//
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a person who continues to live, especially despite being nearly killed or experiencing great danger or difficulty the sole/only survivor of the massacre The plane crashed in an area of dense jungle. There were no survivors. There are only a few survivors from the original team (= members who remain in it while others have been replaced). She'll cope. She's one of life's great survivors (= somebody who deals very well with difficult situations). A movie has been made about the last remaining survivor of the tribe.Extra examples She is wrestling with survivor guilt. The bomb blast left no survivors. The emergency services searched all night for crash survivors. The navy helped pick up the survivors. This grand park is a rare survivor from the 18th century. a survivor from the Titanic the recovery process for breast cancer survivors
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