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liveverb

 us   /lɪv/

live verb (HAVE LIFE)

[I] to be ​alive or have ​life, or to ​continue in this ​state: Rembrandt lived in the 17th ​century. This ​oaktree has been living for over 200 ​years.

live verb (HAVE A HOME)

[I always + adv/prep] to have as ​yourhome or as the ​place where you ​stay or ​return, esp. to ​sleep: Where do you live? We live in St. Louis now but we used to live in Cincinnati. Freshmen are ​required to live on ​campus. My ​brother lives with four other ​people in a ​bighouse.

live verb (STAY ALIVE)

[I] to ​stayalive by getting enough ​money to ​pay for ​food, a ​home, ​clothing, etc., or to ​stayalive by ​eating a ​particularfood: She’s so ​poor – I ​wonder how she lives. While he’s ​studying for the ​finals, he lives on ​junkfood. He’s living off the ​money he ​inherited from his ​father.

live verb (SPEND LIFE)

[always + adv/prep] to ​spendyourlife in a ​particular way: [I] After a while you get used to living ​alone. [I] On his ​income, they can ​afford to live well. [T] She lived her ​wholelife in a little ​town in New Mexico. [always + adv/prep] To live can also ​mean to have the ​fullexperience that ​life can ​offer: [I] If you haven’t been to Alaska, you haven’t lived.

liveadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /lɑɪv/

live adjective, adverb [not gradable] (AS IT HAPPENS)

(of a ​performance) ​shown or ​broadcast to ​peoplewatching or ​listening as it is ​happening, ​rather than being ​recorded to be ​shown or ​broadcastlater: This ​evening at seven there will be a live telecast of the ​debate. There will be live ​music (= ​peopleplayingmusic) at the ​party.

liveadjective [not gradable]

 us   /lɑɪv/

live adjective [not gradable] (CARRYING ELECTRICITY)

carrying or ​charged with ​electricity: You’d ​bettertest the ​electricoutlet first to ​see if it’s live.

live adjective [not gradable] (ABLE TO EXPLODE)

able to ​explode: The ​army is using live ​ammunition on these ​maneuvers.
(Definition of live from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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liveverb

uk   us   /lɪv/

live verb (BE ALIVE)

B1 [I] (to ​continue) to be ​alive or have ​life: He only lived a few ​days after the ​accident. [+ to infinitive] I ​hope I live to ​see my ​grandchildren. Her ​granny lived to the ​ripeoldage of 94. Can the ​right to live ​ever be ​denied to any ​human? She lived on well into her 90s.
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live verb (HAVE A HOME)

live in, at, etc.
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A1 to have ​yourhomesomewhere: Where do you live? We live in Kingston. Some ​students live on the University ​campus. He lives with four other ​people in a ​sharedhouse.
[I] informal to be ​kept usually in a ​particularplace: Where do the ​knives live in ​yourkitchen? I'm not ​sure where this ​bowl lives.

live verb (SPEND LIFE)

B1 [I usually + adv/prep, T] to ​spendyourlife in a ​particular way: After a while you get used to living ​alone. When you ​retire, you ​want to live a ​comfortablelife. So the ​couple got ​married and lived happilyever after. He ​simplywants to live (out) (= ​experience) the ​rest of his ​days in ​peace. The TV's ​broken - we'll just have to live without (= not have) it for a while. She ​certainly lived her ​life to the ​full (= was always doing something ​interesting).figurative The US is living beyonditsmeans (= ​spending more than it ​earns).
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live verb (STAY ALIVE)

C2 [I] to ​stayalive, ​especially by getting enough ​money to ​pay for ​food, a ​place to ​stay, ​clothing, etc.: For several ​years she lived bybegging. She has an ​inheritance to live off (US also live off of) so she doesn't need to ​work. He only ​agreed to ​marry her so he could live off her (​money).
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live verb (CONTINUE)

[I] (of things that are not ​alive) to ​exist or ​continue to ​exist: The ​memory of those ​terribledays lives on.

live verb (INTERESTING LIFE)

[I] to have an ​interestinglife: I ​want to live a little before I ​settle down. If you haven't ​seen Venice, you haven't lived.

liveadjective

uk   us   /laɪv/

live adjective (HAVING LIFE)

[before noun] having ​life: Millions of live ​animals are ​shipped around the ​world each ​year. There was a ​tank of live ​lobsters in the ​restaurant.
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live adjective (AS IT HAPPENS)

B1 (of a ​performance) ​broadcast, ​recorded, or ​seen while it is ​happening: This ​evening there will be a live ​broadcast of the ​debate. a live ​recording
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live adjective (ELECTRICITY)

(of a ​wire) ​carrying or ​charged with ​electricity: a live ​wire

live adjective (ABLE TO EXPLODE)

able to ​explode: live ​rounds of ​ammunition live ​shells

live adjective (BURNING)

(of a ​fire, ​coals, or a ​match) still ​burning or ​able to ​burn: There are live ​coals in the ​fireplace.

liveadverb

uk   us  
broadcast as it ​happens; ​performing or being ​performed in ​front of an ​audience: I've got two ​tickets to ​see them (​perform) live.go live If a new ​system, ​especially a ​computersystem, goes live, it ​starts to ​operate: Our new ​paymentssystem will go live at the ​beginning of next ​month.
(Definition of live from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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liveadjective

uk   us   /laɪv/ COMMUNICATIONS
a live ​event is ​broadcast or seen at the same ​time it is ​performed or ​happens: a live ​webcast/​webinarlive broadcasts/coverage/discussions We ​try out ​ideas on thousands of ​customers at once, using live discussions or ​instantcustomersurveys.

liveadverb

uk   us   /laɪv/ COMMUNICATIONS
IT broadcast or seen while being ​performed or ​happening: The ​event will be ​screened live only by ​satellitebroadcasters.
go live IT if a new ​system, especially a ​computersystem, goes live, it ​starts to ​operate: Our new ​paymentssystem will go live at the end of the month.

liveverb

uk   us   /lɪv/
live beyond your means to ​spend more than you ​earn: To ​avoidslipping into ​debt, don't live beyond your ​means.
(Definition of live from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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