livest

live

2 [lahyv]
adjective, liver, livest for 4–7, 13–15.
1.
being alive; living; alive: live animals.
2.
of, pertaining to, or during the life 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; lively: The club members are a really live bunch.
5.
full of life, energy or activity: His approach in any business dealing is live and fresh.
6.
burning or glowing: live coals in the fireplace.
7.
having resilience or bounce: a live tennis ball.
8.
being in play, as a baseball or football.
9.
loaded or unexploded, as a cartridge or shell: live ammunition.
10.
made up of actual persons: to perform before a live audience.
11.
(of a radio or television program) broadcast while happening or being performed; not prerecorded or taped: a live telecast.
12.
being highly resonant or reverberant, as an auditorium or concert hall.
13.
vivid or bright, as color.
14.
of current interest or importance, as a question or issue; controversial; unsettled.
15.
moving or imparting motion; powered: the live head on a lathe.
16.
still in use, or to be used, as type set up or copy for printing.
17.
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.
adverb
18.
(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.
Idioms
19.
live one, Slang.
a.
a person who spends money readily.
b.
a person easily imposed upon or made the dupe of others.

Origin:
1535–45; 1930–35 for def 11; aphetic variant of alive, used attributively

liveness, noun
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live1 (lɪv)
 
vb (usually foll by in or at) (foll by on, upon, or by)
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
5.  (often foll by on) to continue or last: the pain still lives in her memory
6.  (usually foll by by) to order one's life (according to a certain philosophy, religion, etc)
7.  to support one's style of life; subsist: to live by writing
8.  (foll by with) to endure the effects (of a crime, mistake, etc)
9.  (foll by through) to experience and survive: he lived through the war
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]

live2 (laɪv)
 
adj
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
17.  printing
 a.  (of copy) not yet having been set into type
 b.  (of type that has been set) still in use
 
adv
18.  during, at, or in the form of a live performance: the show went out live
 
[C16: from on livealive]

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live
O.E. lifian (Anglian), libban (W.Saxon) "to be alive," also "to supply oneself with food, to pass life (in some condition)," from P.Gmc. stem *libæ (cf. O.N. lifa, O.Fris. libba, Ger. leben, Goth. liban "to live"), from PIE base *leip- "to remain, continue" (cf. Gk. liparein "to persist, persevere;"
see leave).
"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.

live
1540s, "having life," later (1611) "burning, glowing," aphetic of alive (q.v.). Sense of "containing unspent energy or power" (live ammunition, etc.) is from 1799; live wire is attested from 1890; figurative sense of "active person" is from 1903. Meaning "in-person (performance)"
is first attested 1934.
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live (līv)
adj.

  1. Having life; alive.

  2. Capable of replicating in a host's cells.

  3. Containing living microorganisms or active virus, as a vaccine.

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