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English definition of “live”

live

adjective     /laɪv/
LIFE having life: Millions of live animals are shipped around the world each year.Life and living
ELECTRICITY A live wire has electricity in it.Electricity and electronics
BROADCAST B1 A live radio or television programme is seen or heard as it happens: live coverage a live broadcastSimultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequenceBroadcasting in general
AUDIENCE A live performance or recording of a performance is done with an audience: a live concert live musicSimultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequenceBroadcasting in general
BOMB A live bomb has not yet exploded.Detonation and bombardment
(Definition of live adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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