|—vb (usually foll by in |
|1.||to show the characteristics of life; be alive|
|2.||to remain alive or in existence|
|3.||to exist in a specified way: to live poorly|
|4.||to reside or dwell: to live in London|
|7.||to support one's style of life; subsist: to live by writing|
|10.||(tr) to pass or spend (one's life, etc)|
|11.||to enjoy life to the full: he knows how to live|
|12.||(tr) to put into practice in one's daily life; express: he lives religion every day|
|13.||live and let live to refrain from interfering in others' lives; to be tolerant|
|14.||informal (US) where one lives in one's sensitive or defenceless position|
|[Old English libban, lifian; related to Old High German libēn, Old Norse lifa]|
|1.||(prenominal) showing the characteristics of life|
|2.||(usually prenominal) of, relating to, or abounding in life: the live weight of an animal|
|3.||(usually prenominal) of current interest; controversial: a live issue|
|4.||actual: a real live cowboy|
|5.||informal full of life and energy|
|6.||(of a coal, ember, etc) glowing or burning|
|7.||(esp of a volcano) not extinct|
|8.||loaded or capable of exploding: a live bomb|
|9.||radio, television transmitted or present at the time of performance, rather than being a recording: a live show|
|10.||of a record|
|a. recorded in concert|
|b. recorded in one studio take, without overdubs or splicing|
|11.||connected to a source of electric power: a live circuit|
|12.||(esp of a colour or tone) brilliant or splendid|
|13.||acoustically reverberant: a live studio|
|14.||sport (of a ball) in play|
|15.||(of rocks, ores, etc) not quarried or mined; native|
|16.||being in a state of motion or transmitting power; positively connected to a driving member|
|a. (of copy) not yet having been set into type|
|b. (of type that has been set) still in use|
|18.||during, at, or in the form of a live performance: the show went out live|
|[C16: from on live|
"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 1951. To live up to "act in accordance with" is from 1690s. 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. Lived-in "inhabited, occupied" is first recorded 1873. Live-in (adj.) first attested, 1955. Expression live and learn is attested from c.1620.
Having life; alive.
Capable of replicating in a host's cells.
Containing living microorganisms or active virus, as a vaccine.
Reside in one's place of employment or schooling, as in They wanted a baby-sitter who could live in, or Joe was planning to live in at the college. This expression is used primarily for domestic servants or students. [Late 1800s] Also see live out.
live in something. Continue in existence, memory, or some feeling. This sense appears in such phrases as live in the past, meaning "to concentrate on past memories," or live in hope of, meaning "to continue anticipating that something will happen." For example, Alice lived in the past; she had no interest in current events, or Jim lived in hope of getting a teaching post. Also see live in sin.