Meaning of “alive” in the English Dictionary


"alive" in English

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uk /əˈlaɪv/ us /əˈlaɪv/

B1 [ after verb ] living, not dead:

He must be 90 if he's still alive.
Doctors kept him alive on a life-support machine.
She's alive and well and living in New Zealand.

C2 If something is alive, it continues to exist:

Relatives of the missing sailors are struggling to keep their hopes alive.

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(Definition of “alive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"alive" in American English

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aliveadjective [ not gradable ]

us /əˈlɑɪv/

living; having life; not dead:

I survived the accident with minor injuries, and I was happy to be alive.

Alive can also mean active and energetic or exciting:

The club really comes alive on weekends.


(Definition of “alive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)