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.
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[lahyv] /laɪv/ adjective, liver, livest for 4–7, 13–15. 1. being alive; living; alive: live animals. 2. of, relating to, or during the of a living being: the animal’s live weight. 3. characterized by or indicating the presence of living creatures: the live sounds of the forest. 4. Informal. (of a person) energetic; alert; : The […]