Meaning of “survive” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /səˈvaɪv/
NOT DIE [ I, T ]

B2 to continue to live after almost dying because of an accident, illness, etc:

He was born with a heart problem and only survived ten days.
No one survived the plane crash.

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EXIST [ I, T ]

to continue to exist after being in a difficult or dangerous situation:

Only two buildings survived the earthquake.

If you survive someone, you continue to live after they have died.

(Definition of “survive” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)