- 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.
- (of electrical wiring) Carrying electrical current; energized.
- DANGER: OVERHEAD CATENARY - WIRE IS ALIVE
- Sprightly; lively; brisk.
- 1836 March – 1837 October, Charles Dickens, “(please specify the chapter name)”, in The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, London: Chapman and Hall, […], published 1837, OCLC 28228280:
- Smouch, requesting Mr. Pickwick in a surly manner ‘to be as alive as he could, for it was a busy time,’ drew up a chair by the door and sat there, until he had finished dressing.
- 2018 May 26, Daniel Taylor, “Liverpool go through after Mohamed Salah stops Manchester City fightback”, in The Guardian (London):
- Susceptible; easy to impress; having keen feelings, as opposed to apathy.
- 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.
- (programming) Synonym of
- 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
- (carrying electrical current): energized, hot, live
- (out of all living creatures): ever, in the world
- alive and kicking
- alive and well
- Christ alive
- come alive
- dead or alive
- eat someone alive
- for land's sake alive
- for land's sakes alive
- for the land's sake alive
- for the land's sakes alive
- keep hope alive
- land sake alive
- land sakes alive
- land's sake alive
- land's sakes alive
- look alive
- man alive
- sakes alive
- snakes alive
in a state of action
exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings
sprightly, lively, brisk
of all living
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