aliveness

alive

[uh-lahyv]
adjective
1.
having life; living; existing; not dead or lifeless.
2.
living (used for emphasis): the proudest man alive.
3.
in a state of action; in force or operation; active: to keep hope alive.
4.
full of energy and spirit; lively: Grandmother's more alive than most of her contemporaries.
5.
having the quality of life; vivid; vibrant: The room was alive with color.
6.
Electricity, live2 ( def 17 ).
Idioms
7.
alive to, alert or sensitive to; aware of: City planners are alive to the necessity of revitalizing deteriorating neighborhoods.
8.
alive with, filled with living things; swarming; teeming: The room was alive with mosquitoes.
9.
look alive!, pay attention! move quickly!: Look alive! We haven't got all day.

Origin:
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.
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alive (əˈlaɪv)
 
adj
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]
 
a'liveness
 
n

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alive
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].
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