What does LIVE mean?

Definitions for LIVElɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word LIVE.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. live, unrecorded(adj)

    actually being performed at the time of hearing or viewing

    "a live television program"; "brought to you live from Lincoln Center"; "live entertainment involves performers actually in the physical presence of a live audience"

  2. live(adj)

    exerting force or containing energy

    "live coals"; "tossed a live cigarette out the window"; "got a shock from a live wire"; "live ore is unmined ore"; "a live bomb"; "a live ball is one in play"

  3. alive(p), live(adj)

    possessing life

    "the happiest person alive"; "the nerve is alive"; "doctors are working hard to keep him alive"; "burned alive"; "a live canary"

  4. live(a)(adj)

    highly reverberant

    "a live concert hall"

  5. live(adj)

    charged with an explosive

    "live ammunition"; "a live bomb"

  6. bouncy, live, lively, resilient, springy(adj)

    elastic; rebounds readily

    "clean bouncy hair"; "a lively tennis ball"; "as resilient as seasoned hickory"; "springy turf"

  7. live(adj)

    abounding with life and energy

    "the club members are a really live bunch"

  8. live(adj)

    in current use or ready for use

    "live copy is ready to be set in type or already set but not yet proofread"

  9. live(adj)

    of current relevance

    "a live issue"; "still a live option"

  10. hot, live(adj)

    charged or energized with electricity

    "a hot wire"; "a live wire"

  11. alive, live(verb)

    capable of erupting

    "a live volcano"; "the volcano is very much alive"

  12. populate, dwell, live, inhabit(verb)

    inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of

    "People lived in Africa millions of years ago"; "The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted"; "this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean"; "deer are populating the woods"

  13. live(verb)

    lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style

    "we had to live frugally after the war"

  14. survive, last, live, live on, go, endure, hold up, hold out(verb)

    continue to live through hardship or adversity

    "We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents"; "how long can a person last without food and water?"

  15. exist, survive, live, subsist(verb)

    support oneself

    "he could barely exist on such a low wage"; "Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?"; "Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day"

  16. be, live(verb)

    have life, be alive

    "Our great leader is no more"; "My grandfather lived until the end of war"

  17. know, experience, live(verb)

    have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations

    "I know the feeling!"; "have you ever known hunger?"; "I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict"; "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare"; "I lived through two divorces"

  18. live(adverb)

    pursue a positive and satisfying existence

    "You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live"

  19. live(adverb)

    not recorded

    "the opera was broadcast live"


  1. Live(a.)

    (Elec.) Connected to a voltage source; as, a live wire.

  2. Live(a.)

    (Broadcasting) Being transmitted instantaneously, as events occur, in contrast to recorded.

  3. Live(a.)

    (Sport) Still in active play; -- of a ball being used in a game; as, a live ball.

  4. Live(a.)

    Pertaining to an entertainment event which was performed (and possibly recorded) in front of an audience; contrasted to performances recorded in a studio without an audience.

  5. Origin: [Abbreviated from alive. See Alive, Life.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Live(verb)

    to be alive; to have life; to have, as an animal or a plant, the capacity of assimilating matter as food, and to be dependent on such assimilation for a continuance of existence; as, animals and plants that live to a great age are long in reaching maturity

  2. Live(verb)

    to pass one's time; to pass life or time in a certain manner, as to habits, conduct, or circumstances; as, to live in ease or affluence; to live happily or usefully

  3. Live(verb)

    to make one's abiding place or home; to abide; to dwell; to reside

  4. Live(verb)

    to be or continue in existence; to exist; to remain; to be permanent; to last; -- said of inanimate objects, ideas, etc

  5. Live(verb)

    to enjoy or make the most of life; to be in a state of happiness

  6. Live(verb)

    to feed; to subsist; to be nourished or supported; -- with on; as, horses live on grass and grain

  7. Live(verb)

    to have a spiritual existence; to be quickened, nourished, and actuated by divine influence or faith

  8. Live(verb)

    to be maintained in life; to acquire a livelihood; to subsist; -- with on or by; as, to live on spoils

  9. Live(verb)

    to outlast danger; to float; -- said of a ship, boat, etc.; as, no ship could live in such a storm

  10. Live(verb)

    to spend, as one's life; to pass; to maintain; to continue in, constantly or habitually; as, to live an idle or a useful life

  11. Live(verb)

    to act habitually in conformity with; to practice

  12. Live(adj)

    having life; alive; living; not dead

  13. Live(adj)

    being in a state of ignition; burning; having active properties; as, a live coal; live embers

  14. Live(adj)

    full of earnestness; active; wide awake; glowing; as, a live man, or orator

  15. Live(adj)

    vivid; bright

  16. Live(adj)

    imparting power; having motion; as, the live spindle of a lathe

  17. Live(noun)


  18. Origin: [OE. liven, livien, AS. libban, lifian; akin to OS. libbian, D. leven, G. leben, OHG. lebn, Dan. leve, Sw. lefva, Icel. lifa to live, to be left, to remain, Goth. liban to live; akin to E. leave to forsake, and life, Gr. liparei^n to persist, liparo`s oily, shining, sleek, li`pos fat, lard, Skr. lip to anoint, smear; -- the first sense prob. was, to cleave to, stick to; hence, to remain, stay; and hence, to live.]


  1. Live

    Live is an American rock band from York, Pennsylvania, composed of Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Gracey, and Chris Shinn. Live's original lead singer Ed Kowalczyk left the band in November 2009. Live achieved worldwide success with their 1994 album, Throwing Copper, which has sold eight million copies in the US. The band had a string of hit singles in the mid-1990s including "Lightning Crashes", which stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for 10 consecutive weeks and the Modern Rock Tracks chart for nine weeks from February 25 to April 22, 1995. The band has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. Their last three studio albums fared only moderately well in the US, but they continued to enjoy success in The Netherlands, South Africa and Australasia. When touring, Live have used additional musicians, most notably Ed's younger brother Adam Kowalczyk on rhythm guitar and backing vocals. British keyboard player Michael "Railo" Railton and guitarist Christopher Thorn of the band Blind Melon have also toured with Live. On November 30, 2009, Chad Taylor revealed that what had initially been termed a "two-year hiatus" was more likely the end of the band, due to what he felt were inappropriate and possibly illegal actions by Ed Kowalczyk, which have resulted in a lawsuit being filed against him by the other three band members. In June 2011, Taylor revealed that he, Gracey and Dahlheimer were to reform Live without Kowalczyk, who confirmed that he would not work with the other three again. In March 2012, Chris Shinn, formerly of the band Unified Theory, replaced Kowalczyk as lead singer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Live

    liv, v.i. to have, or continue in, life, temporal or spiritual: to last, subsist: to enjoy life: to direct one's course of life: to be nourished or supported: to dwell.—v.t. to spend: to act in conformity to:—pr.p. liv′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. lived.—adj. Liv′able, capable of being lived: habitable.—n. Liv′er.—Live down, live so as to cause a slander, a grief, &c. to be forgotten by one's self or others; Live out, to continue alive until the end of anything: (U.S.) to be from home in domestic service; Live under, to be tenant to; Live up to, to rule one's life according to some standard. [A.S. lifian; Ger. leben.]

  2. Live

    līv, adj. having life: alive, not dead: active: containing fire: burning: vivid.—Lived (līvd), used in compounds, as long-lived.—ns. Live′-axle, driving-axle; Live′-bait, a living worm or minnow used in fishing: Live′-cir′cuit, a circuit through which an electric current is flowing.—n.pl. Live′-feath′ers, those plucked from the living fowl.—n. Live′-lē′ver, that one of a pair of brake-levers to which the power is first applied:—opp. to Dead-lever.—adj. Live′-long, that lives or lasts long.—ns. Live′-oak, an American oak, with durable wood; Live′-shell, a shell loaded and fused for firing, or fired and not yet exploded; Live′-stock, domestic animals, esp. horses, cattle, sheep, and pigs; Live′-well, the well in a fishing-boat where fish are kept alive.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. live

    [common] Opposite of ‘test’. Refers to actual real-world data or a program working with it. For example, the response to “I think the record deleter is finished” might be “Is it live yet?” or “Have you tried it out on live data?” This usage usually carries the connotation that live data is more fragile and must not be corrupted, or bad things will happen. So a more appropriate response might be: “Well, make sure it works perfectly before we throw live data at it.” The implication here is that record deletion is something pretty significant, and a haywire record-deleter running amok live would probably cause great harm.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LIVE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #753

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LIVE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #522

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LIVE' in Verbs Frequency: #62

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LIVE' in Adjectives Frequency: #464

Anagrams for LIVE »

  1. Levi

  2. Veil

  3. Vile

  4. Vlei


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of LIVE in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of LIVE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Daniel Webster, last words, 24 October 1852.:

    I still live.

  2. New Hampshire State Motto:

    Live free or die.

  3. Thomas Jefferson:

    I live for books.

  4. Kim Kang-won:

    I am going to live.

  5. Rainer Maria Rilke:

    Live the questions.

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