Hypertext Webster Gateway: "live"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Live \Live\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lived}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Living}.] [OE. liven, livien, AS. libban, lifian; akin to
OS. libbian, D. leven, G. leben, OHG. leb[=e]n, Dan. leve,
Sw. lefva, Icel. lifa to live, to be left, to remain, Goth.
liban to live; akin to E. leave to forsake, and life, Gr.
liparei^n to persist, liparo`s oily, shining, sleek, li`pos
fat, lard, Skr. lip to anoint, smear; -- the first sense
prob. was, to cleave to, stick to; hence, to remain, stay;
and hence, to live.]
1. To be alive; to have life; to have, as an animal or a
plant, the capacity of assimilating matter as food, and to
be dependent on such assimilation for a continuance of
existence; as, animals and plants that live to a great age
are long in reaching maturity.

Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I
will . . . lay sinews upon you, and will bring up
flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put
breath in you, and ye shall live. --Ezek.
xxxvii. 5, 6.

2. To pass one's time; to pass life or time in a certain
manner, as to habits, conduct, or circumstances; as, to
live in ease or affluence; to live happily or usefully.

O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a
man that liveth at rest in his possessions!
--Ecclus. xli.

3. To make one's abiding place or home; to abide; to dwell;
to reside.

Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years.
--Gen. xlvii.

4. To be or continue in existence; to exist; to remain; to be
permanent; to last; -- said of inanimate objects, ideas,

Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues We
write in water. --Shak.

5. To enjoy or make the most of life; to be in a state of

What greater curse could envious fortune give Than
just to die when I began to live? --Dryden.

6. To feed; to subsist; to be nourished or supported; -- with
on; as, horses live on grass and grain.

7. To have a spiritual existence; to be quickened, nourished,
and actuated by divine influence or faith.

The just shall live by faith. --Gal. iii.

8. To be maintained in life; to acquire a livelihood; to
subsist; -- with on or by; as, to live on spoils.

Those who live by labor. --Sir W.

9. To outlast danger; to float; -- said of a ship, boat,
etc.; as, no ship could live in such a storm.

A strong mast that lived upon the sea. --Shak.

{To live out}, to be at service; to live away from home as a
servant. [U. S.]

{To live with}.
(a) To dwell or to be a lodger with.
(b) To cohabit with; to have intercourse with, as male
with female.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Live \Live\, v. t.
1. To spend, as one's life; to pass; to maintain; to continue
in, constantly or habitually; as, to live an idle or a
useful life.

2. To act habitually in conformity with; to practice.

To live the Gospel. --Foxe.

{To live down}, to live so as to subdue or refute; as, to
live down slander.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Live \Live\, a. [Abbreviated from alive. See {Alive}, {Life}.]
1. Having life; alive; living; not dead.

If one man's ox hurt another's, that he die; then
they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of
it. --Ex. xxi. 35.

2. Being in a state of ignition; burning; having active
properties; as, a live coal; live embers. `` The live
ether.'' --Thomson.

3. Full of earnestness; active; wide awake; glowing; as, a
live man, or orator.

4. Vivid; bright. `` The live carnation.'' --Thomson.

5. (Engin.) Imparting power; having motion; as, the live
spindle of a lathe.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Live \Live\, n.
Life. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

{On live}, in life; alive. [Obs.] See {Alive}. --Chaucer.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: actually being performed (or--for the audience--present) at
the time of viewing; "a live television program";
"brought to you live from Lincoln Center"; "live
entertainment" involves performers actually in the
physical presence of a "live audience" [syn: {unrecorded}]
[ant: {recorded}]
2: having life; "a live canary"; "hit a live nerve"; "famous
living painters"; "living tissue"; "living plants and
animals" [syn: {living}]
3: showing characteristics of life; exerting force or
containing energy; "live coals"; "tossd a live cigarette
out the window"; "got a shock from a live wire"; "live ore
is unmined ore"; "a live bomb"; "a live ball is one in
play" [ant: {dead}]
4: highly reverberant; "a live concert hall" [syn: {live(a)}]
5: charged with an explosive; "live ammunition"; "a live bomb"
6: rebounds readily; "clean bouncy hair"; "a lively tennis
ball"; "as resiliant as seasoned hickory"; "springy turf"
[syn: {bouncy}, {lively}, {resilient}, {springy}, {whippy}]
7: (informal) abounding with life and energy; "the club members
are a really live bunch"
8: (printing) in current use or ready for use; "live copy is
ready to be set in type or already set but not yet
9: of current relevance; "a live issue"; "still a live option"
10: (electricity) charged or energized with electricity; "a hot
wire"; "a live wire" [syn: {hot}]
11: capable of erupting; "a live volcano"; "the volcano is very
much alive" [syn: {alive(p)}, {live(a)}]
adv : not recorded; "the opera was broadcast live"
v 1: make one's home or live in; "There are only 250,000 people
in Iceland"; "I live in a 200-year old house"; "These
people inhabited all the islands that are now deserted";
"The plains are sparsely populated" [syn: {dwell}, {shack},
{reside}, {inhabit}, {people}, {populate}]
2: lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style; "we
had to live frugally after the war"
3: continue to live; endure or last; "We went without water and
food for 3 days"; "The legend of Elvis lives on"; "These
superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The
racecar driver lived through several very serious
accidents" [syn: {survive}, {last}, {live on}, {go}, {endure},
{hold up}, {hold out}]
4: support oneself; "he could barely exist on such a low wage";
"Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?"; "Many
people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day" [syn: {exist},
{survive}, {subsist}]
5: have life, be alive; "Our great leader is no more"; "My
grandfather lived until the end of war" [syn: {be}]
6: have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or
sensations; "I know the feeling!" "have you ever known
hunger?"; "I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug
addict"; "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare";
"I lived through two divorces" [syn: {know}, {experience}]
7: pursue a positive and satisfying existence; "You must accept
yourself and others if you really want to live"

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