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Meaning of “survive” in the English Dictionary

"survive" in British English

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surviveverb

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 ​threateningsituation: The ​baby was ​born with a ​heartproblem and only survived for a few ​hours. These ​plants cannot survive in very ​coldconditions. None of Shakespeare's ​plays survives in ​itsoriginalmanuscriptform. The ​family are ​struggling to survive on very little ​money. The ​frontpassengers were ​lucky to survive the ​accident. The ​chairman of the ​boardsucceeded 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 ​yourfamily, has ​died: He is survived by his ​wife and four ​children.

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

"survive" in American English

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surviveverb [I/T]

 us   /sərˈvɑɪv/
to ​continue to ​live or to ​exist, esp. after a ​dangerousevent: [I] The ​baby was ​born with a ​defectiveheart and survived for only a few ​hours. [T] The ​building survived the ​earthquake with little ​damage. If someone is survived by ​familymembers, those ​familymembers are still ​alive when that ​persondies: [T] He is survived by his ​wife and two ​children.
(Definition of survive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"survive" in Business English

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surviveverb [I or T]

uk   us   /səˈvaɪv/
to continue to exist, and not to ​fail or be destroyed: The family is ​struggling to survive on a very ​reducedincome. A large ​amount of ​money will have to be ​injected into the ​company if it is to survive. The ​directorsucceeded in surviving the ​challenge to his ​authority.
INSURANCE, LAW to ​livelonger than someone else: If the wife survives the husband, she will be ​entitled to a ​share of his ​pension. The booklet gives details on how to ​claimbenefits for a surviving spouse.
(Definition of survive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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