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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English liven, from Old English libban, lifian (to live), from Proto-Germanic *libjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *leyp- (leave, cling, linger). Cognate with West Frisian libje, Old Saxon libbian, (German Low German lęven (to live)), Dutch leven, Old High German lebēn (German leben), Old Norse lifa (Swedish leva), Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌱𐌰𐌽 (liban).

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

live (third-person singular simple present lives, present participle living, simple past and past participle lived)

  1. (intransitive) To be alive; to have life.
    He's not expected to live for more than a few months.
  2. (intransitive) To have permanent residence somewhere, to inhabit, to reside.
    I live at 2a Acacia Avenue.  He lives in LA, but he's staying here over the summer.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, OCLC 16832619, page 16:
      Athelstan Arundel walked home all the way, foaming and raging. No omnibus, cab, or conveyance ever built could contain a young man in such a rage. His mother lived at Pembridge Square, which is four good measured miles from Lincoln's Inn.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.
  3. (intransitive) To survive; to persevere; to continue.
    Her memory lives in that song.
    • 2017 March 14, Stuart James, “Leicester stun Sevilla to reach last eight after Kasper Schmeichel save”, in the Guardian[1]:
      He has now overseen three straight victories since taking over from Claudio Ranieri and this latest win, against one of the best teams in Europe, will live long in the memory for every Leicester supporter.
  4. (intransitive, hyperbolic) To cope.
    You'll just have to live with it!  I can't live in a world without you.
  5. (intransitive) To pass life in a specified manner.
    It is difficult to live in poverty.   And they lived happily ever after.
  6. (transitive) To spend, as one's life; to pass; to maintain; to continue in, constantly or habitually.
    To live an idle or a useful life.
    • 1921, Juanita Helm Floyd, Women in the Life of Balzac:
      Many people write their romances, others live them; Honore de Balzac did both.
    • 2011 December 19, Kerry Brown, “Kim Jong-il obituary”, in The Guardian:
      By 1980, South Korea had overtaken its northern neighbour, and was well on its way to being one of the Asian tigers – high-performing economies, with democratic movements ultimately winning power in the 1990s. The withdrawal of most Soviet aid in 1991, with the fall of the Soviet empire, pushed North Korea further down. Kim Il-sung had held a genuine place on North Korean people's affections. His son was regarded as a shadowy playboy, with rumours circulating over the years that he imported Russian and Chinese prostitutes, and lived a life of profligacy and excess.
    • 2013 June 1, “Towards the end of poverty”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 11:
      But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 (the average of the 15 poorest countries’ own poverty lines, measured in 2005 dollars and adjusted for differences in purchasing power): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.
  7. (transitive) To act habitually in conformity with; to practice; to exemplify in one's way of life.
    • John Foxe (1516/7-1587)
      to live the Gospel
    • 2006, Laura Cardone, Motivation at Work:
      Change happens from the inside out and this great resource can show you how to live the habits that build personal and professional effectiveness.
  8. (intransitive) To outlast danger; to float (said of a ship, boat, etc).
    No ship could live in such a storm.
  9. (intransitive, followed by "on" or "upon") To maintain or support one's existence; to provide for oneself; to feed; to subsist.
    It is hard to live on the minimum wage.   They lived on stale bread.
  10. (intransitive, informal) To make the most of life; to experience a full rich life.
    I'm sick of spending every day studying at home, I want to go out there and live!

Usage notesEdit

Throughout Late Middle English and Early Modern English in Midlands and Northern dialects, the present participle form livand co-occurs with the form living with the last recorded mention occurring in 1817.

HyponymsEdit

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TranslationsEdit
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See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

See alive

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

live (not comparable)

  1. (only used attributively) Having life; that is alive.
    The post office will not ship live animals.
  2. Being in existence; actual
    He is a live example of the consequences of excessive drinking.
  3. Having active properties; being energized.
  4. Operational; being in actual use rather than in testing.
  5. (engineering) Imparting power; having motion.
    the live spindle of a lathe
  6. (sports) Still in active play.
    a live ball
  7. (broadcasting) Seen or heard from a broadcast, as it happens.
    The station presented a live news program every evening.
  8. Of a performance or speech, in person.
    This nightclub has a live band on weekends.
  9. Of a recorded performance, made in front of an audience, or not having been edited after recording.
  10. Of firearms or explosives, capable of causing harm.
    The air force practices dropping live bombs on the uninhabited island.
  11. (circuitry) Electrically charged or energized, usually indicating that the item may cause electrocution if touched.
    Use caution when working near live wires.
  12. (poker) Being a bet which can be raised by the bettor, usually in reference to a blind or straddle.
    Tommy's blind was live, so he was given the option to raise.
  13. Featuring humans; not animated, in the phrases “live actors” or “live action”.
  14. Being in a state of ignition; burning.
    a live coal; live embers
  15. (obsolete) Full of earnestness; active; wide awake; glowing.
    a live man, or orator
  16. (obsolete) Vivid; bright.
    • Thomson
      the live carnation
Usage notesEdit
  • Live in the sense of "having life" is used only attributively (before a noun), as in "live animals". Predicatively (after the noun), alive is used, as in "be alive". Living may be used either attributively or predicatively.
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TranslationsEdit
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AdverbEdit

live (comparative more live, superlative most live)

  1. Of an event, as it happens; in real time; direct.
    The concert was broadcast live by radio.
  2. Of making a performance or speech, in person.
    He'll be appearing live at the auditorium.
TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

live (plural lives)

  1. (obsolete) life .
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Geoffrey Chaucer to this entry?)

StatisticsEdit

Most common English words before 1923 in Project Gutenberg: French · family · earth · #406: live · hard · ask · question

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DanishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Verbal form of the noun liv (life).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /liːvə/, [ˈliːwə]

VerbEdit

live (imperative liv, infinitive at live, present tense liver, past tense livede, perfect tense har livet)

  1. enliven
Usage notesEdit

Used with op (up): live op

Etymology 2Edit

Borrowing from English live [1965].

AdverbEdit

live

  1. live (as it happens)
SynonymsEdit

EsperantoEdit

AdverbEdit

live (lative liven)

  1. (neologism) on the left

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FinnishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈliʋeˣ/
  • Hyphenation: li‧ve

NounEdit

live

  1. (dialectal) lye
DeclensionEdit
Inflection of live (Kotus type 48/hame, p-v gradation)
nominative live lipeet
genitive lipeen lipeiden
lipeitten
partitive livettä lipeitä
illative lipeeseen lipeisiin
lipeihin
singular plural
nominative live lipeet
accusative nom. live lipeet
gen. lipeen
genitive lipeen lipeiden
lipeitten
partitive livettä lipeitä
inessive lipeessä lipeissä
elative lipeestä lipeistä
illative lipeeseen lipeisiin
lipeihin
adessive lipeellä lipeillä
ablative lipeeltä lipeiltä
allative lipeelle lipeille
essive lipeenä lipeinä
translative lipeeksi lipeiksi
instructive lipein
abessive lipeettä lipeittä
comitative lipeineen
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From English live.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈliʋe/
  • Hyphenation: li‧ve

AdjectiveEdit

live (not comparable)

  1. (nonstandard) live
Usage notesEdit
  • Chiefly used as modifier in compound terms:
    live-esitys
    live performance
  • Almost always used in essive singular when used independently:
    He esiintyvät tänään livenä areenalla.
    They will perform live today at the arena.

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GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

live

  1. (of an event) live (as it happens; in real time; direct)

Further readingEdit

  • live in Duden online

ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

live (invariable)

  1. Performed or recorded live

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LatinEdit