What does alive mean?

Definitions for alive
əˈlaɪvalive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alive(p), liveadjective

    possessing life

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

  2. alive(p)adjective

    (often followed by `with') full of life and spirit

    "she was wonderfully alive for her age"; "a face alive with mischief"

  3. animated, aliveadjective

    having life or vigor or spirit

    "an animated and expressive face"; "animated conversation"; "became very animated when he heard the good news"

  4. alive(p)adjective

    (followed by `to' or `of') aware of

    "is alive to the moods of others"

  5. active, alive(p)adjective

    in operation

    "keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition"

  6. alert, alive(p), awake(p)adjective

    mentally perceptive and responsive;"an alert mind"

    "alert to the problems"; "alive to what is going on"; "awake to the dangers of her situation"; "was now awake to the reality of his predicament"

  7. alive, liveadjective

    capable of erupting

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

Wiktionary

  1. aliveadjective

    Having life, in opposition to dead; living; being in a state in which the organs perform their functions; as, an animal or a plant which is alive.

  2. aliveadjective

    In a state of action; in force or operation; unextinguished; unexpired; existent

    to keep the fire alive; to keep the affections alive.

  3. aliveadjective

    Exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings; swarming; thronged.

    The Boyne, for a quarter of a mile, was alive with muskets and green boughs. -- Thomas Babington Macaulay.

  4. aliveadjective

    Sprightly; lively; brisk.

  5. aliveadjective

    Having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive.

    Tremblingly alive to nature's laws. -- William Falconer.

  6. aliveadjective

    As intensifier, of all living.

    Northumberland was the proudest man alive. --Edward Hyde Clarendon.

  7. Etymology: on live, on life; life, dative of lif

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Aliveadjective

    Etymology: from a and live.

    Nor well alive, nor wholly dead they were,
    But some faint signs of feeble life appear. John Dryden, Fables.

    Not youthful kings in battle seiz’d alive,
    Not scornful virgins who their charms survive. Alexander Pope.

    Those good and learned men had reason to wish, that their proceedings might be favoured, and the good affection of such as inclined toward them, kept alive. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    She was not so much alive the whole day, if she slept more than six hours. Clarissa.

    And to those brethren said, rise, rise by-live,
    And unto battle do yourselves address;
    For yonder comes the prowest knight alive,
    Prince Arthur, flower of grace and nobiless. Fairy Queen.

    The earl of Northumberland, who was the proudest man alive, could not look upon the destruction of monarchy with any pleasure. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    John was quick and understood his business very well; but no man alive was more careless in looking into his accounts. John Arbuthnot, History of John Bull.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aliveadjective

    having life, in opposition to dead; living; being in a state in which the organs perform their functions; as, an animal or a plant which is alive

  2. Aliveadjective

    in a state of action; in force or operation; unextinguished; unexpired; existent; as, to keep the fire alive; to keep the affections alive

  3. Aliveadjective

    exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings; swarming; thronged

  4. Aliveadjective

    sprightly; lively; brisk

  5. Aliveadjective

    having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive

  6. Aliveadjective

    of all living (by way of emphasis)

  7. Etymology: [OE. on live, AS. on lfe in life; lfe being dat. of lf life. See Life, and cf. Live, a.]

Freebase

  1. Alive

    "Alive" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. "Alive" was Pearl Jam's first single, and appeared on the band's debut album, Ten. Written by guitarist Stone Gossard, "Alive" originated as an instrumental titled "Dollar Short" and was included on a demo tape circulated in hopes of finding a singer for the group. Vocalist Eddie Vedder obtained a copy of the tape and wrote lyrics that describe a fictionalized account of the time when he was told that the man he thought was his father was not actually his biological parent. "Alive" charted at number 16 in the UK. Remixed versions of the song were included on Pearl Jam's 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror, and the 2009 Ten reissue. The song peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alive

    a-līv′, adj. in life: susceptible. [Prep. a = on, and A.S. lífe, dat. of líf, life.]

Editors Contribution

  1. alive

    To have life.

    They felt alive every day with their beautiful and energetic energy and passion for life.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alive' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2470

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alive' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2385

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alive' in Adjectives Frequency: #318

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alive in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of alive in a Sentence

  1. Rob Gore:

    Probably the worst thing that I've ever had to do is tell a 15-year-old's mother that her son was killed, if I can't keep somebody alive, I've failed.

  2. Gilbert Highet:

    These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.

  3. Mark Nunes:

    We love Mary and are overjoyed that she is alive and back in the US. Our hearts and home are open to her, and we will do everything we can to insure she remains safe and healthy, we remain concerned about her emotional and physical well-being. We look forward to the day our family is finally reunited.

  4. Andrea Dworkin:

    The will to domination is a ravenous beast. There are never enough warm bodies to satiate its monstrous hunger. Once alive, this beast grows and grows, feeding on all the life around it, scouring the earth to find new sources of nourishment. This beast lives in each man who battens on female servitude.

  5. Mary Wilsey:

    I feel in my heart my son would be alive.

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. extroversive
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