live off


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

live 1

 (lĭv)
v. lived, liv·ing, lives
v.intr.
1. To be alive; exist.
2. To continue to be alive: lived through a bad accident.
3. To support oneself; subsist: living on rice and fish; lives on a small inheritance.
4. To reside; dwell: lives on a farm.
5. To conduct one's life in a particular manner: lived frugally.
6. To pursue a positive, satisfying existence; enjoy life: those who truly live.
7. To remain in human memory: an event that lives on in our minds.
v.tr.
1. To spend or pass (one's life).
2. To go through; experience: lived a nightmare.
3. To practice in one's life: live one's beliefs.
Phrasal Verbs:
live down
To overcome or reduce the shame of (a misdeed, for example) over a period of time.
live in
To reside in the place where one is employed: household servants who live in.
live out
To live outside one's place of domestic employment: household servants who live out.
live with
To put up with; resign oneself to: disliked the situation but had to live with it.
Idioms:
live it up Slang
To engage in festive pleasures or extravagances.
live off/on the fat of the land
To enjoy the best of everything; live in comfort or luxury.
live up to
1. To live or act in accordance with: lived up to their parents' ideals.
2. To prove equal to: a new technology that did not live up to our expectations.
3. To carry out; fulfill: lived up to her end of the bargain.

[Middle English liven, from Old English libban, lifian; see leip- in Indo-European roots.]

live 2

 (līv)
adj.
1. Having life; alive: live animals. See Synonyms at living.
2. Of, related to, or occurring during the life of one that is living: a live birth; the live weight of an animal before being slaughtered.
3. Of current interest or relevance: a live topic; still a live option.
4. Informal Full of life, excitement, or activity; lively: a live crowd at the parade; a live party.
5. Glowing; burning: live coals.
6. Not yet exploded but capable of being fired: live ammunition.
7. Electricity Carrying an electric current or energized with electricity: live cables lying dangerously on the ground.
8. Not mined or quarried; in the natural state: live ore.
9.
a. Broadcast while actually being performed; not taped, filmed, or recorded: a live television program.
b. Involving performers or spectators who are physically present: live entertainment; a live audience.
10. Of, relating to, or containing living bacteria or active viruses, sometimes in an attenuated form: live yogurt cultures; a live measles vaccine.
11. Printing Not yet set into type: live copy.
12. Sports In play: a live ball.
adv.
At, during, or from the time of actual occurrence or performance: The landing on the moon was telecast live.

[Short for alive.]

live′ness n.
Translations

w>live off

vi +prep obj
to live off the landsich vom Lande ernähren; (= forage)sich aus der Natur ernähren; to live off one’s relationsauf Kosten seiner Verwandten leben
= live on VI +prep obj
References in classic literature ?
He rounded up a lot of them college fellows--fraternity guys, they're called--yaps that live off their fathers' money.
He has a full-time job but once bills, debts and the mortgage are paid, his family has less than PS300 per month to live off.
John has since been put onto Universal Credit but has been left with just PS186 per month to live off after deductions, which include the advanced loan repayment.
"The first few months living off Universal Credit were difficult, there was a few weeks where I went without food because I struggled to budget getting paid every two weeks - I don't think it was enough to live off.
In more than half of the markets surveyed, rent was an average of $219 higher to live off campus.
Toronto, Canada, September 19, 2018 --(PR.com)-- Hot on the heels of their Top 5 iTunes Canada rock song, "Sonic Boom," MTS Management's Toronto-based pop-rock band, Across The Board is releasing 3 new "Live Off The Floor" videos.
Rachael said: "Those attending will see there is no better place to live off the land than right here in Glendale.
Cameras will follow them as they attempt to live off their own land, avoiding packaging and ever-rising supermarket prices.
Summary: Sidon's Greek Melkite Catholic Diocese launched Sunday an awareness campaign in an effort to protect the sea turtles that live off Lebanon's south coast.
Once upon a time I would live off the money I would earn next month - constantly borrowing from Peter to pay Paul and getting into silly stressful situations.
Mid and West Wales AM Rebecca Evans pledged to live off the average Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) payment of PS72.40 to raise awareness of the cost of living for benefit claimants.