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v. sur·vived, sur·viv·ing, sur·vives
1. To remain alive or in existence.
2. To carry on despite hardships or trauma; persevere: families that were surviving in tents after the flood.
3. To remain functional or usable: I dropped the radio, but it survived.
1. To live longer than; outlive: She survived her husband by five years.
2. To live, persist, or remain usable through: plants that can survive frosts; a clock that survived a fall.
3. To cope with (a trauma or setback); persevere after: survived child abuse.

[Middle English surviven, from Old French sourvivre, from Latin supervīvere : super-, super- + vīvere, to live; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.]

sur·vi′vor n.


(of a person) continuing to live, esp after a dangerous situation such as an accident or an illnesscontinuing to exist
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.surviving - still in existence; "the Wollemi pine found in Australia is a surviving specimen of a conifer thought to have been long extinct and therefore known as a living fossil"; "the only surviving frontier blockhouse in Pennsylvania"
extant - still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost; "extant manuscripts"; "specimens of graphic art found among extant barbaric folk"- Edward Clodd
على قَيْد الحَياه، حي، ما زال حَيّا
dosud žijící
életben maradt
doteraz žijúci
hayatta olan/kalan


[səˈvaɪvɪŋ] ADJ (= living) → vivo; (after catastrophe, also Jur) → sobreviviente
the last surviving member of the bandel último miembro vivo del grupo
he had no surviving siblingsno dejó hermanos vivos
the surviving wife is entitled to a widow's pensionla esposa sobreviviente tiene derecho a una pensión de viudedad
surviving company (after merger) → compañía f resultante, empresa f resultante


(= still living)noch lebend; the oldest surviving member of the familydas älteste noch lebende Mitglied der Familie
(= remaining)noch existierend; the largest surviving shipyarddie größte noch produzierende Werft


(səˈvaiv) verb
1. to remain alive in spite of (a disaster etc). Few birds managed to survive the bad winter; He didn't survive long after the accident.
2. to live longer than. He died in 1940 but his wife survived him by another twenty years; He is survived by his wife and two sons.
surˈvival noun
the state of surviving. the problem of survival in sub-zero temperatures; (also adjective) survival equipment.
surˈviving adjective
remaining alive. She has no surviving relatives.
surˈvivor noun
a person who survives a disaster etc. There were no survivors of the air crash.
References in classic literature ?
Surviving spies, finally, are those who bring back news from the enemy's camp.
Lastly, it is by his information that the surviving spy can be used on appointed occasions.
Those whom they wish to die are always Panthans in the game, for the Panthan has the least chance of surviving.
Of course they may be called upon, as any warrior, to take part in a game, but their chances then of surviving are increased, since they may never again have the chance of winning to liberty.
Your restoration to peace will, I doubt not, speedily follow this act of filial obedience, and I flatter myself with the hope of surviving my share in this disappointment.
Far over dead London resounded our message of comradeship and hope to any fellow-man surviving.
The largest of the two buildings which now shelter the lost men is occupied by the surviving officers and crew of the
Here Madame de la Rocheaimard whiled away the close of a varied and troubled life; if not in absolute peace, still not in absolute misery, while her grand-daughter grew into young womanhood, a miracle of goodness and pious devotion to her sole surviving parent.
The oldest surviving settler in the Valley of the Moon knows him not.
As many more individuals of each species are born than can possibly survive; and as, consequently, there is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will have a better chance of surviving, and thus be naturally selected.
A new law was passed in the state, securing the surviving wife a third of her husband's estate under all conditions.
If one of a cohabiting couple dies any assets owned jointly will pass to the surviving partner but this does not necessarily include a house as it depends on the exact way this is jointly owned.