- Having life; living; not dead
- As long as the plant is alive, he will continue to water it.
- In a state of action; in force or operation; existent
- to keep the fire alive
- to keep the affections alive
- Busy with activity of many living beings; swarming; thronged; busy.
- Although quite dull during the day, the main street comes alive at night, with many bars and clubs opening.
- 1848, Macaulay, Thomas Babington, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second:
- The Boyne, for a quarter of a mile, was alive with muskets and green boughs.
- Sprightly; lively; brisk.
- 2018 May 26, Daniel Taylor, “Liverpool go through after Mohamed Salah stops Manchester City fightback”, in The Guardian (London):
- Liverpool’s equaliser came within four minutes. James Milner swung the ball over from a corner on the right and Sadio Mané, Liverpool’s most dangerous player, was alive in the six-yard area.
- Having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive.
- 1762, Falconer, William, The Shipwreck:
- Though tremblingly alive to Nature's laws, Yet ever firm to Honour's sacred cause
- (as an intensifier) out of all living creatures.
- Alive always follows the noun which it qualifies, for example "The bee is alive". Before a noun, the adjectives living or live may be used with a similar meaning
- (having life): alive and kicking, extant, vital; see also Thesaurus:alive
- (in a state of action): existing, extant; See also Thesaurus:existent
- (sprightly, lively, brisk): frisky, peppy, zestful; see also Thesaurus:active
- (out of all living creatures): ever, in the world
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for alive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)