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English definition of “live”


verb [I] (BE ALIVE)    /lɪv/
B1 (to continue ) to be alive or have life : He only lived a few days after the accident . [+ to infinitive] I hope I live to see my grandchildren . Her granny lived to the ripe old age of 94. Can the right to live ever be denied to any human ? She lived on well into her 90s.Life and living
(Definition of live verb (BE ALIVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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