alive with


having life; living; existing; not dead or lifeless.
living (used for emphasis): the proudest man alive.
in a state of action; in force or operation; active: to keep hope alive.
full of energy and spirit; lively: Grandmother's more alive than most of her contemporaries.
having the quality of life; vivid; vibrant: The room was alive with color.
Electricity, live2 ( def 17 ).
alive to, alert or sensitive to; aware of: City planners are alive to the necessity of revitalizing deteriorating neighborhoods.
alive with, filled with living things; swarming; teeming: The room was alive with mosquitoes.
look alive!, pay attention! move quickly!: Look alive! We haven't got all day.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English on līfe in life; see a-1

aliveness, noun
half-alive, adjective

4. active.

1. dead. 3. defunct. 4. lifeless. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
alive (əˈlaɪv)
1.  (of people, animals, plants, etc) living; having life
2.  in existence; active: they kept hope alive; the tradition was still alive
3.  (immediately postpositive and usually used with a superlative) of those living; now living: the happiest woman alive
4.  full of life; lively: she was wonderfully alive for her age
5.  (usually foll by with) animated: a face alive with emotion
6.  (foll by to) aware (of); sensitive (to)
7.  (foll by with) teeming (with): the mattress was alive with fleas
8.  electronics another word for live
9.  alive and kicking (of a person) active and in good health
10.  look alive! hurry up! get busy!
[Old English on līfe in life]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.E. on life "in living." The fuller form on live was still current 17c. Alive and kicking "alert, vigorous," attested from 1859; "The allusion is to a child in the womb after quickening" [Farmer].
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms & Phrases

alive with

Teeming with, full of, as in After the annual stocking, the pond was alive with trout. [Late 1700s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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