live1 W1S1 [lıv] v
1¦(in a place/home)¦
3¦(at a particular time)¦
4¦(be/stay alive)¦
5¦(way of life)¦
6¦(earn a living)¦
7¦(exciting life)¦
8¦(imagine something)¦
9¦(be kept somewhere)¦
10¦(still exist/have influence)¦
11 living quarters
12 living expenses
13 living arrangements
14 live it up
15 live by your wits
16 live a lie
17 be living on borrowed time
18 live in sin
19 live and breathe something
20 you live and learn
21 live and let live
22 you haven't lived (if/until...)
23 somebody will live to regret it
24 live to see/fight another day
25 live life to the full
26 live high on the hog
27 live from hand to mouth
28 long live the King/Queen! etc
29 long live democracy/freedom etc
Phrasal verbs
 live something<=>down
 live for something
 live in
 live off somebody/something
 live on
 live out
 live through something
 live together
 live up to something
 live with somebody/something
[: Old English; Origin: libban]
1.) ¦(IN A PLACE/HOME)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
if you live in a place, you have your home there
live in/at/near etc
They lived in Holland for ten years.
He lives just across the street from me.
We live only a few miles from the coast.
A rather odd family came to live next door to us.
As soon as I saw the place, I knew I didn't want to live there .
Does Paul still live here ?
We're still looking for somewhere to live .
They've finally found a place to live .
live with
My grandmother came to live with us when I was ten.
Most seventeen-year-olds still live at home (=live with their parents) .
I'm quite happy living alone .
The house has 3,600 square feet of living space (=the areas of a house you live in) .
the number of young people living rough (=living outside because they have no home) BrE
2.) ¦(PLANT/ANIMAL)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
a plant or animal that lives in a particular place grows there or has its home there
live in/on etc
These particular birds live on only one island in the Pacific.
3.) ¦(AT A PARTICULAR TIME)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
if you live at a particular time, you are alive then
live before/in/at
He lived in the eighteenth century.
She lived at a time when women were not expected to work.
Gladstone lived during a period of great social change.
the best/greatest etc that/who ever lived
(=the best, greatest etc who has been alive at any time)
He's probably the best journalist who ever lived.
to be alive or be able to stay alive
Without light, plants couldn't live.
He is extremely ill and not expected to live.
The baby only lived a few hours.
People on average are living much longer than before.
I'll never forget this for as long as I live .
live to (be) 80/90 etc/live to the age of 80/90 etc
My grandmother lived to 85.
She lived to the age of 79.
have two weeks/six months etc to live
He knows he's only got a few months to live.
He did not live to see (=live long enough to see) the realization of his dream.
5.) ¦(WAY OF LIFE)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition, T]
to have a particular type of life, or live in a particular way
live in peace/poverty etc
The people in this country just want to live in peace.
People should not live in fear of crime.
We live in hope that a cure will be found.
live peacefully/quietly/happily etc
The two communities live peacefully alongside each other.
She thought that she would get married and live happily ever after (=like in a children's story) .
Some people like to live dangerously.
Most elderly people prefer to live independently if they can.
They earn enough money to live well (=have plenty of food, clothes etc) .
I just want to live my life in my own way.
He's not well enough to live a normal life .
live a quiet/active/healthy life
She lives a very busy life.
He had chosen to live the life of a monk.
She's now in Hollywood living a life of luxury .
live by
I have always tried to live by my faith (=according to my religion) .
We struggle on, living from day to day (=trying to find enough money each day to buy food etc) .
He was tired of living out of a suitcase (=spending a lot of time travelling) .
6.) ¦(EARN A LIVING)¦ [I]
the way that someone lives is the way that they earn money to buy food etc
Fishing is the way their families have lived for generations.
live by doing sth
They live by hunting and killing deer.
to have an exciting life
She wanted to get out and live a little.
We're beginning to live at last!
8.) ¦(IMAGINE SOMETHING)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to imagine that things are happening to you
live in
He lives in a fantasy world.
live through
She lived through her children's lives.
You must stop living in the past (=imagining that things from the past are still happening) .
9.) ¦(BE KEPT SOMEWHERE)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
[i]BrE informal the place where something lives is the place where it is kept
Where do these cups live?
Those big dishes live in the cupboard next to the fridge.
if an idea lives, it continues to exist and influence people
Democracy still lives!
His name will live forever .
That day will always live in my memory .
11.) living quarters
the part of a building where people live, especially a building that is used by many people or is used for several different purposes
the White House living quarters
12.) living expenses
the money you need to spend in order to live, for example on food or a house
His tuition is paid, but he'll work to cover his living expenses.
13.) living arrangements
the way someone organizes how and where they will live
Her mother disapproved of the living arrangements, saying that two girls living with four boys was bound to cause problems.
14.) live it up [i]informal
to do things that you enjoy and spend a lot of money
Sam was living it up in London.
15.) live by your wits
to get money by being clever or dishonest, and not by doing an ordinary job
16.) live a lie
to pretend all the time that you feel or believe something when actually you do not feel that way
I knew that I could not continue to live a lie.
17.) be living on borrowed time
to be still alive after the time that you were expected to die
She's been living on borrowed time for the last year.
18.) live in sin
old-fashioned if people live in sin, they live together and have a sexual relationship without being married
→↑live together
19.) live and breathe sth
to enjoy doing something so much that you spend most of your time on it
Politics is the stuff I live and breathe.
20.) you live and learn
spoken used to say that you have just learned something that you did not know before
21.) live and let live
used to say that you should accept other people's behaviour, even if it seems strange
22.) you haven't lived (if/until...)
spoken used to say that someone's life will be boring if they do not do a particular exciting thing
You haven't lived until you've tasted champagne.
23.) sb will live to regret it
used to say that someone will wish that they had not done something
If you marry him, you'll live to regret it.
24.) live to see/fight another day
to continue to live or work after a failure or after you have dealt with a difficult situation
Hopefully, the company will live to fight another day.
25.) live life to the full
to enjoy doing a lot of different things
She believes in living life to the full.
26.) live high on the hog
used to say that someone has a nice life because they have a lot of money and buy expensive things - often used to show disapproval
27.) live from hand to mouth
to have only just enough money to buy food
We lived from hand to mouth, never knowing where the next meal was coming from.
28.) long live the King/Queen! etc
spoken used as an expression of loyal support for a person
29.) long live democracy/freedom etc
used to say that you hope something continues to exist for a long time
Long live free education!
live down [live sth<=>down] phr v
if someone does not live something down, people never forget about it and never stop laughing at them for it
She'll never live that down!
live for [live for sth] phr v
if you live for something, it is the thing that you enjoy or hope for most in your life
He lived for his art.
She had nothing left to live for.
She lives for the day when she can have a house of her own.
live in phr vif someone lives in, they live in the place where they work
Sometimes it can be easier if you have a nanny who lives in.
live off / [live off sb/sth] phr v
to get your income or food from a supply of money or from another person
Mom used to live off the interest from her savings.
Dad lost his job and we had to live off welfare.
Most people in the countryside live off the land (=live by growing or finding their own food) .
live on phr v
1.) if something lives on, it continues to exist
Alice's memory will live on.
2.) live on sth
to have a particular amount of money to buy food and other necessary things
I don't know how they manage to live on £55 a week.
the number of families who live on benefits
3.) live on sth
to eat a lot of a particular type of food
They live on bread and potatoes.
He practically lives on fish and chips!
live out phr v
1.) BrE if someone lives out, they do not live in the place where they work
Most home helps prefer to live out.
2.) live out sth
to experience or do something that you have planned or hoped for
= ↑fulfil, realize ↑realize
The money enabled them to live out their dreams.
3.) live out your life
to continue to live in a particular way or place until you die
He lived out his life in solitude.
live through [live through sth] phr v
to experience difficult or dangerous conditions
= ↑endure
the generation that lived through the Second World War
It was hard to describe the nightmare she had lived through.
live together phr v
if people live together, they live in the same house and have a sexual relationship but are not married
→↑live with
They lived together for two years before they got married.
live up to [live up to sth] phr v
if something or someone lives up to a particular standard or promise, they do as well as they were expected to, do what they promised etc
The bank is insolvent and will be unable to live up to its obligations.
The film has certainly lived up to my expectations .
live with / [live with sb/sth] phr v
1.) to accept a difficult situation that is likely to continue for a long time
= ↑put up with, tolerate ↑tolerate
You have to learn to live with stress.
He has lived with his illness for most of his life.
2.) to live in the same house as someone and have a sexual relationship with them without being married
→↑live together
She's living with her boyfriend now.
3.) if something lives with you, it stays in your mind
That episode has lived with me all my life.
live 2
live2 W3S3 [laıv] adj
8 live coals
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: alive]
1.) ¦(LIVING)¦ [only before noun]
not dead or artificial
= ↑living
≠ ↑dead
experiments on live animals
Protesters want to stop the export of live sheep and cattle.
the number of live births per 1,000 population
We were so excited to see real live elephants.
2.) ¦(TV/RADIO)¦
a live television or radio programme is seen or heard on television or radio at the same time as it is actually happening
≠ ↑prerecorded
a live radio phone-in show
There will be live TV coverage of tonight's big match.
a live performance is one in which the entertainer performs for people who are watching, rather than a film, record etc
A lot of the bars have live music .
The band will be giving a live concert performance next week.
We'll be playing you a track from his new live album (=album that was recorded from a live performance) .
It's always different when you perform in front of a live audience (=an audience watching a live performance) .
a wire or piece of equipment that is live has electricity flowing through it
Be careful - those wires are live.
5.) ¦(BOMBS)¦
a live bomb still has the power to explode because it has not been used
They came across a field of live, unexploded mines.
6.) ¦(BULLETS)¦
live bullets are real ones that are made of metal and can kill people
≠ ↑blank
Troops fired live ammunition to disperse the crowd.
7.) ¦(ISSUE)¦
a live subject or problem is one that still interests or worries people
Drink-driving is still very much a live issue .
8.) live coals
pieces of coal that are burning
She threw the paper onto the live coals.
9.) ¦(YOGHURT)¦
live ↑yoghurt contains ↑bacteria that are still alive
live 3
live3 [laıv] adv
1.) if something is broadcast live, it is broadcast on television or radio as it is actually happening
The ceremony will be broadcast live on television.
The match will be shown live by the BBC.
2.) if people perform live, they perform in front of people who have come to watch, rather than for a film, record etc
I love their music, but I've never seen them perform live .
The band is playing live in Birmingham tonight.
Their latest CD was recorded live (=recorded at a live performance) in New York.
3.) go live
when a system or project goes live, people start to use it after it has been planned and discussed for a long time
Their new information retrieval system went live last month.
a new security project which will go live in October

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