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survivor

noun [C] uk   /səˈvaɪ.vər/ us    /sɚˈvaɪ.vɚ/
B2 a person who continues to live, despite nearly dying: He was the sole (= only) survivor of the plane crash. She's a cancer survivor/a survivor of cancer. a person who is able to continue living their life successfully despite experiencing difficulties: He's one of life's survivors. US A person's survivors are the members of his or her family who continue to live after he or she has died.
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