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live adj
1 actually being performed at the time of hearing or viewing; "a live television program"; "brought to you live from Lincoln Center"; "live entertainment involves performers actually in the physical presence of a live audience" [syn: unrecorded] [ant: recorded]
2 showing characteristics of life; exerting force or containing energy; "live coals"; "tossed a live cigarette out the window"; "got a shock from a live wire"; "live ore is unmined ore"; "a live bomb"; "a live ball is one in play" [ant: dead]
3 highly reverberant; "a live concert hall" [syn: live(a)]
4 charged with an explosive; "live ammunition"; "a live bomb"
5 rebounds readily; "clean bouncy hair"; "a lively tennis ball"; "as resiliant as seasoned hickory"; "springy turf" [syn: bouncy, lively, resilient, springy, whippy]
6 abounding with life and energy; "the club members are a really live bunch"
7 in current use or ready for use; "live copy is ready to be set in type or already set but not yet proofread"
8 of current relevance; "a live issue"; "still a live option"
9 charged or energized with electricity; "a hot wire"; "a live wire" [syn: hot]
10 having life; "a live canary"; "hit a live nerve"; "famous living painters"; "living tissue";
11 capable of erupting; "a live volcano"; "the volcano is very much alive" [syn: alive(p), live(a)] adv : not recorded; "the opera was broadcast live"


1 make one's home or live in; "She resides officially in Iceland"; "I live in a 200-year old house"; "These people inhabited all the islands that are now deserted"; "The plains are sparsely populated" [syn: dwell, shack, reside, inhabit, people, populate, domicile, domiciliate]
2 lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style; "we had to live frugally after the war"
3 continue to live; endure or last; "We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The racecar driver lived through several very serious accidents" [syn: survive, last, live on, go, endure, hold up, hold out]
4 support oneself; "he could barely exist on such a low wage"; "Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?"; "Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day" [syn: exist, survive, subsist]
5 have life, be alive; "Our great leader is no more"; "My grandfather lived until the end of war" [syn: be]
6 have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations; "I know the feeling!"; "have you ever known hunger?"; "I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict"; "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare"; "I lived through two divorces" [syn: know, experience]
7 pursue a positive and satisfying existence; "You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Live


Pronunciation 1

  • , /lɪv/, /lIv/




  1. To be alive; to have life.
    He's not expected to live for more than a few months.
  2. To have permanent residence somewhere.
    I live at 2a Acacia Avenue.
  3. To survive, to persevere, to continue.
    Her memory lives in that song.
be alive
  • Albanian: jeton
  • Breton: beva
  • Catalan: viure
  • Croatian: živjeti
  • Czech: žít
  • Danish: leve
  • Dutch: leven
  • Esperanto: vivi
  • Finnish: elää
  • French: vivre
  • German: leben
  • Greek: ζω (zo), βιώνω (vióno)
  • Hungarian: él
  • Ido: vivar
  • Indonesian: hidup
  • Italian: vivere
  • Latin: vivere
  • Norwegian: leve
  • Occitan: viure
  • Old English: libban
  • Polish: żyć
  • Portuguese: viver
  • Romanian: trăi
  • Russian: жить (žit’)
  • Slovene: živeti
  • Spanish: vivir
  • Swedish: leva
have permanent residence
survive, persevere
Translations to be checked

Pronunciation 2

  • , /laɪv/, /laIv/


See alive


  1. Having life; that is alive. Used attributively.
    The post office will not ship live animals.
  2. Of firearms or explosives, capable of causing harm.
    The air force practices dropping live bombs on the uninhabited island.
  3. In the context of "circuitry": Electrically charged or energized, usually indicating that the item may cause electrocution if touched.
    Use caution when working near live wires.
  4. 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.
Usage notes
  • 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.
Derived terms
having life
capable of causing harm
electrically charged
Translations to be checked


  1. Of an event, as it happens; in real time; direct.
    The concert was broadcast live by radio.
as it happens




Verbal form of the noun liv


live (op)
  1. To enliven.



  1. In the context of "of an event, as it happens; in real time; direct|lang=de": live



  1. Performed or recorded live

Extensive Definition



Information and Communication Technologies

  • Windows Live, the collective brand name for a group of Microsoft services currently under development
  • Microsoft Office Live, an Internet-based software service
  • Live Search, The new search engine previously known as MSN from Microsoft.
  • Xbox Live, online gaming service for Microsoft's Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles
  • Ableton Live, a software music sequencer
  • Live CD, also known as a Live Distro, Live DVD, Live OS or Live System: an operating system that can boot and run from a read-only medium (such as a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM) instead of a hard disk drive.
  • Live USB, a live operating system that runs off a USB flash drive.

Other uses

live in German: Live
live in Spanish: Live
live in French: Live
live in Korean: 라이브
live in Italian: Live
live in Dutch: Live
live in Japanese: ライブ
live in Norwegian: Live (andre betydninger)
live in Polish: Live
live in Russian: Live
live in Swedish: Live

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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