Meaning of “survivor” in the English Dictionary

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"survivor" in British English

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survivornoun [ 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.
a survivor of child abuse

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

"survivor" in American English

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survivornoun [ C ]

us /sərˈvɑɪ·vər/

a person who continues to live, esp. after a dangerous event:

a Holocaust survivor
He was the sole survivor of the crash.
Business is bad, but she’s a survivor, she’ll deal with it.

A survivor is also a person who continues to live after a close relative dies:

Her survivors include two children and five grandchildren.

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

"survivor" in Business English

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survivornoun [ C ]

uk /səˈvaɪvər/ us

a person or organization that continues to exist, especially after suffering difficulties:

Only the most careful small businesses will remain as survivors of the city's economic crisis.

INSURANCE, LAW a person who continues to live after someone else has died:

The life insurance benefits will be paid out to the survivor by check.

(Definition of “survivor” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)