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survive

verb uk   /səˈvaɪv/  us   /sɚ-/
B2 [I or T] to continue to live or exist, especially after coming close to dying or being destroyed or after being in a difficult or threatening situation: The baby was born with a heart problem and only survived for a few hours. These plants cannot survive in very cold conditions. None of Shakespeare's plays survives in its original manuscript form. The family are struggling to survive on very little money. The front passengers were lucky to survive the accident. The prime minister succeeded in surviving the challenge to his authority. "How are you?" "Oh, (I'm) surviving (= life is satisfactory, but not very good)." [T] to continue to live after someone, especially a member of your family, has died: He is survived by his wife and four children.
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