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English definition of “live”

live

verb  /lɪv/ us  

live verb (HAVE LIFE)

[I] to be alive or have life, or to continue in this state: Rembrandt lived in the 17th century. This oak tree has been living for over 200 years.

live verb (HAVE A HOME)

[I always + adv/prep] to have as your home or as the place where you stay or return, esp. to sleep: Where do you live? We live in St. Louis now but we used to live in Cincinnati. Freshmen are required to live on campus. My brother lives with four other people in a big house.

live verb (STAY ALIVE)

[I] to stay alive by getting enough money to pay for food, a home, clothing, etc., or to stay alive by eating a particular food: She’s so poor – I wonder how she lives. While he’s studying for the finals, he lives on junk food. He’s living off the money he inherited from his father.

live verb (SPEND LIFE)

[always + adv/prep] to spend your life in a particular way: [I] After a while you get used to living alone. [I] On his income, they can afford to live well. [T] She lived her whole life in a little town in New Mexico. [always + adv/prep] To live can also mean to have the full experience that life can offer: [I] If you haven’t been to Alaska, you haven’t lived.
(Definition of live verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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