From Anglo-Norman survivre, Old French survivre, from Late Latin supervivere (“to outlive”), from Latin super (“over”) + vivere (“to live”), akin to vita (“life”); see vivid. Compare devive, revive.
- (intransitive) Of a person, to continue to live; to remain alive.
- (intransitive) Of an object or concept, to continue to exist.
- (transitive) To live longer than; to outlive.
- His children survived him; he was survived by his children.
- I'll assure her of / Her widowhood, be it that she survive me, / In all my lands and leases whatsoever.
- 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, X:
- ‘I am afraid, as will happen in other cases, the treaty of alliance has survived the amicable dispositions in which it had its origin.’
- (transitive) To live past a life-threatening event.
- He did not survive the accident.
- (transitive, sports) Of a team, to avoid relegation or demotion to a lower division or league.
- (live longer than): predecease
person: continue to live
object, concept: continue to exist
live longer than
live past a life-threatening event
- survive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- “survive”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911