- (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.
- c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
- And for that dowrie, Ile aſſure her of / Her widdow-hood, be it that ſhe ſuruiue me / In all my Lands and Leaſes whatſoeuer / Let ſpecialties be therefore drawne betweene vs, / That couenants may be kept on either hand.
- 1817 December 31 (indicated as 1818), [Walter Scott], Rob Roy. […], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), Edinburgh: […] James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co. […]; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, OCLC 82790126:
- ‘I am afraid, as will happen in other cases, the treaty of alliance has survived the amicable dispositions in which it had its origin.’
- 2020 January 22, Stuart Jeffries, “Terry Jones obituary”, in The Guardian:
- Jones is survived by his second wife, Anna (nee Söderström), whom he married in 2012, and their daughter, Siri; and by Bill and Sally, the children of his first marriage, to Alison Telfer, which ended in divorce.
- (transitive) To live past a life-threatening event.
- He did not survive the accident.
- (transitive) To be a victim of usually non-fatal harm, to honor and empower the strength of an individual to heal, in particular a living victim of sexual abuse or assault.
- (transitive, sports) Of a team, to avoid relegation or demotion to a lower division or league.
- (live longer than): predecease
- (live longer than): postdecease
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, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911