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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"


  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.


  1. Alive

    "Stayin' Alive is a disco song written and performed by the Bee Gees from the Saturday Night Fever motion picture soundtrack. The song was released on 13 December 1977 as the second single from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The band co-produced the song with Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson. It is one of the Bee Gees signature songs. In 2004, "Stayin' Alive" was placed at number 189 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2004, it ranked No. 9 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. In a UK television poll on ITV in December 2011 it was voted fifth in "The Nation's Favourite Bee Gees Song". On its release, "Stayin' Alive" climbed the charts to hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of 4 February 1978, remaining there for four weeks. In the process, it became one of the band's most recognisable tunes, in part because of its place at the beginning of Saturday Night Fever. In the U. S., it would become the second of six consecutive number-one singles, tying the record with the Beatles for most consecutive number ones in the U. S. at the time (a record broken by Whitney Houston who achieved seven consecutive number-ones).


  1. alive

    Alive refers to the state or condition of an organism, object, or system that exhibits signs of life such as respiration, growth, movement, responsiveness to stimuli, and the ability to self-replicate or reproduce. It indicates an active, functioning state in contrast to something that is lifeless or non-living.

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.]


  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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  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. Jack London:

    There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.

  2. Pedro Hernandez:

    I was standing behind him, and I put my hands around his neck. Then I choked him, he was alive. He was alive.

  3. William Saroyan:

    Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, And when you laugh, laugh like hell, And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.

  4. Mark Duffin:

    Im just glad I found my two dogs alive, wifes alive, familys alive, Im alive. So, thats it.

  5. Bob Levinson:

    We believe he’s alive, the FBI believes he’s alive, they’re tracking every lead and they said there’s no reason to believe he’s not alive.

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