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[out-liv] /ˌaʊtˈlɪv/
verb (used with object), outlived, outliving.
to live longer than; survive (a person, period, etc.):
She outlived her husband by many years.
to outlast; live or last through:
The ship outlived the storm. He hopes to outlive the stigma of his imprisonment.
Origin of outlive
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English outliven. See out-, live1
Related forms
outliver, noun
1. See survive. Unabridged
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  • The great resorts and seats of learning often outlive in this way the intention of the founders as the world outgrows them.

    Table-Talk William Hazlitt
  • Never mind, Tom; bear on bravely, lad, and you'll outlive vexation.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "Oh, yes, said he had never expected me to outlive uncle; I always acted so much older than he did," laughed Robert.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • They did not outlive their own poetic sense of the wonder and mystery of the world.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • It's something we got over there, and none of us will ever outlive it.

British Dictionary definitions for outlive


verb (transitive)
to live longer than (someone)
to live beyond (a date or period): he outlived the century
to live through (an experience)
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Word Origin and History for outlive

"to live longer than," late 15c., from out (adv.) + live (v.). Related: Outlived; outliving.

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