adjective, liver, livest for 4–7, 13–15.
being alive; living; alive:
of, relating to, or during the of a living being:
the animal’s live weight.
characterized by or indicating the presence of living creatures:
the live sounds of the forest.
Informal. (of a person) energetic; alert; :
The club members are a really live bunch.
full of life, energy or activity:
His approach in any business dealing is live and fresh.
burning or glowing:
live coals in the fireplace.
having resilience or bounce:
a live tennis ball.
being in play, as a baseball or football.
loaded or unexploded, as a cartridge or shell:
made up of actual persons:
to perform before a live audience.
(of a radio or television program) broadcast while happening or being performed; not prerecorded or taped:
a live telecast.
being highly resonant or reverberant, as an auditorium or concert hall.
vivid or bright, as color.
of current interest or importance, as a question or issue; controversial; unsettled.
moving or imparting motion; powered:
the live head on a lathe.
still in use, or to be used, as type set up or copy for printing.
Also, alive. Electricity. electrically connected to a source of potential difference, or electrically charged so as to have a potential different from that of earth:
a live wire.
(of a radio or television program) at the moment of its happening or being performed; not on tape or by prerecording:
a program broadcast live.
live one, Slang.
verb (mainly intransitive)
to show the characteristics of life; be alive
to remain alive or in existence
to exist in a specified way: to live poorly
usually foll by in or at. to reside or dwell: to live in London
(often foll by on) to continue or last: the pain still lives in her memory
(usually foll by by) to order one’s life (according to a certain philosophy, religion, etc)
foll by on, upon, or by. to support one’s style of life; subsist: to live by writing
(foll by with) to endure the effects (of a crime, mistake, etc)
(foll by through) to experience and survive: he lived through the war
(transitive) to pass or spend (one’s life, etc)
to enjoy life to the full: he knows how to live
(transitive) to put into practice in one’s daily life; express: he lives religion every day
live and let live, to refrain from interfering in others’ lives; to be tolerant
(US, informal) where one lives, in one’s sensitive or defenceless position
(prenominal) showing the characteristics of life
(usually prenominal) of, relating to, or abounding in life: the live weight of an animal
(usually prenominal) of current interest; controversial: a live issue
actual: a real live cowboy
(informal) full of life and energy
(of a coal, ember, etc) glowing or burning
(esp of a volcano) not extinct
loaded or capable of exploding: a live bomb
(radio, television) transmitted or present at the time of performance, rather than being a recording: a live show
(of a record)
connected to a source of electric power: a live circuit
(esp of a colour or tone) brilliant or splendid
acoustically reverberant: a live studio
(sport) (of a ball) in play
(of rocks, ores, etc) not quarried or mined; native
being in a state of motion or transmitting power; positively connected to a driving member
during, at, or in the form of a live performance: the show went out live
Old English lifian (Anglian), libban (West Saxon) “to be, to live, have life; to experience,” also “to supply oneself with food, to pass life (in some condition),” from Proto-Germanic *liben (cf. Old Norse lifa “to live, remain,” Old Frisian libba, German leben, Gothic liban “to live”), from PIE root *leip- “to remain, continue” (cf. Greek liparein “to persist, persevere;” see leave). Meaning “to make a residence, dwell” is from c.1200. Related: Lived; living.
According to the Dutch Prouerbe … Leuen ende laetan leuen, To liue and to let others liue. [Malynes, 1622]
To live it up “live gaily and extravagantly” is from 1903. To live up to “act in accordance with” is 1690s, from earlier live up “live on a high (moral or mental) level” (1680s). To live (something) down “outwear (some slander or embarrassment)” is from 1842. To live with “cohabit as husband and wife” is attested from 1749; sense of “to put up with” is attested from 1937. Expression live and learn is attested from c.1620.
1540s, “having life,” later (1610s) “burning, glowing,” a shortening of alive (q.v.). Sense of “containing unspent energy or power” (live ammunition, etc.) is from 1799. Meaning “in-person” (of performance) is first attested 1934. Live wire is attested from 1890; figurative sense of “active person” is from 1903.
- Live on the edge
verb phrase To life dangerously; court disaster: dumped about a quarter-cup of salt on top. ”I like to live on the edge,” she explained/ pushing his luck, living on the edge, playing brilliantly by the seat of his pants (1990s+) see: on the edge
[liv-out] /ˈlɪvˌaʊt/ adjective 1. residing away from the place of one’s employment: a live-out cook.
- Live park
verb phrase To park a car with the motor running (1980s+)
[liv-er] /ˈlɪv ər/ noun 1. Anatomy. a large, reddish-brown, glandular organ located in the upper right side of the abdominal cavity, divided by fissures into five lobes and functioning in the secretion of bile and various metabolic processes. 2. an organ in other animals similar to the human liver, often used as food. 3. a […]