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live 1

v. lived, liv·ing, lives
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.
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.
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

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.
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.
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.

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.
Ryan said: "We can do one of two things; we can live off this for the rest of our lives or we can move on.
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.
She believes it is even possible to live off the grid in inner city areas, but that requires being a functioning part of a community.
She's even considering moving to Hawaii, where her family vacations every year, so they can live off the land, bask in the sun and surf 365 days a year," the source said.
Although the school's new dorm provides students 156 more beds, it is estimated that only 20 to 40 fewer students will live off campus this year.
Summary: Workers see pensions as the best way to save for retirement but the majority worry that their scheme will not deliver enough to live off.
My husband has transformed from a "techie" who had high consumption habits and an almost indifferent awareness of the environment, to a man whose dream is to homestead, live off the land and raise chickens
In the past he has scored some great goals for his team, but he can''t live off these indefinitely.
I love to study animals and their natural habitats, and I live in just the place to do that--I live off the grid
Rather than simply taking you along on a hunting trip, Brooks uses this hunt to show what it takes to live off the land and what it takes to "step it up a notch," stalk close, and make the shot count.