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Meaning of “alive” in the English Dictionary

"alive" in British English

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aliveadjective

uk   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 ​missingsailors are ​struggling to keeptheirhopes 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 ​minorinjuries, and I was ​happy to be alive. Alive can also ​meanactive and ​energetic or ​exciting: The ​club really comes alive on ​weekends.
(Definition of alive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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