What does survive mean?

Definitions for survive

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word survive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. survive, last, live, live on, go, endure, hold up, hold outverb

    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?"

  2. survive, pull through, pull round, come through, make itverb

    continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)

    "He survived the cancer against all odds"

  3. exist, survive, live, subsistverb

    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"

  4. outlive, outlast, surviveverb

    live longer than

    "She outlived her husband by many years"


  1. surviveverb

    Of a person, to continue to live; to remain alive.

  2. surviveverb

    Of an object or concept, to continue to exist.

  3. surviveverb

    To live longer than, to outlive.

  4. surviveverb

    To live past a life-threatening event.

    He did not survive the accident.

  5. Etymology: From survivre, survivre, from supervivere, from super + vivere, akin to vita; see vivid. Compare devive, revive.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Surviveverb

    To outlive.

    I’ll assure her of
    Her widowhood, be it that she survives me,
    In all my lands and leases whatsoever. William Shakespeare.

  2. To SURVIVEverb

    Etymology: supervivo, Latin; survivre, Fr.

    Those that survive, let Rome reward with love. William Shakespeare.

    Try pleasure,
    Which when no other enemy survives,
    Still conquers all the conquerors. John Denham.

    Now that he is dead, his immortal fame surviveth, and flourisheth in the mouths of all people. Edmund Spenser.

    The love of horses which they had alive,
    And care of chariots after death survive. Dryden.

    The rhapsodies, called the characteristicks, would never have survived the first edition, if they had not discovered so strong a tincture of infidelity. Isaac Watts.

    No longer now that golden age appears,
    When patriarch-wits surviv’d a thousand years;
    Now length of same, our second life, is lost,
    And bare threescore is all ev’n that can boast;
    Our sons their father’s failing language see,
    And such as Geoffrey Chaucer is, shall John Dryden be. Alexander Pope.


  1. Survive

    Survival, or the act of surviving, is the propensity of something to continue existing, particularly when this is done despite conditions that might kill or destroy it. The concept can be applied to humans and other living things (or, hypothetically, any sentient being), to physical object, and to abstract things such as beliefs or ideas. Living things generally have a self-preservation instinct to survive, while objects intended for use in harsh conditions are designed for survivability.


  1. survive

    Survive generally means to remain living or existing despite certain challenges, adversities, or difficult circumstances. It refers to the ability to endure, sustain, or persist through obstacles or threats in order to continue to exist or function. Survival often involves adapting, making necessary adjustments, and utilizing various means or resources to overcome adversity and maintain one's existence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surviveverb

    to live beyond the life or existence of; to live longer than; to outlive; to outlast; as, to survive a person or an event

  2. Surviveverb

    to remain alive; to continue to live

  3. Etymology: [F. survivre, L. supervivere; super over + vivere to live. See Super-, and Victuals.]


  1. Survive

    Survive is the ninth studio album by Japanese rock band B'z. The album sold 1,040,160 copies in its first week, lower than their last studio album, the album still managed to sell over 1,723,030 copies.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Survive

    sur-vīv′, v.t. to live beyond: to outlive.—v.i. to remain alive.—n. Survī′val, a surviving or living after: any custom or belief surviving in folklore from a more or less savage earlier state of society, long after the philosophy or rationale of it is forgotten.—p.adj. Survī′ving, continuing alive: outliving.—ns. Survī′vor, one who survives or lives after another; Survī′vorship.—Survival of the fittest, the preservation of favourable variations, attended with the destruction of injurious ones, such being the result of Natural Selection (see Natural). [Fr.,—L. super, beyond, vivĕre, to live.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'survive' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2929

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'survive' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2852

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'survive' in Verbs Frequency: #292

How to pronounce survive?

How to say survive in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of survive in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of survive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of survive in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    Every individual and organization has a role to play in mobilizing skills, talents, and life experiences to move towards a more just and equitable world where all have what they need to survive and thrive in life.

  2. Briggs VanNess:

    I grew up with a single mother of six – we were poor and homeless a lot, i’d spend many nights at my mother’s friends’ houses; my mother was dying from cancer but somehow managed to survive. But I watched and suffered for years as I watched her work her hands to the bone to give us a good life. She raised us to be kind and help others.

  3. Stacy Hawkins-Armstrong:

    I'm hoping it can survive, but at this point I just don't know.

  4. Martha Desmond:

    Birds who migrated before they were ready because of the weather might have not had enough fat to survive, some birds might have not even had the reserves to start migrating so they died in place.

  5. Volodymyr Tsyalkovsky:

    They need to be able to fight and survive this aggression, people of Ukraine have a tremendous resilience and tremendous patriotism. The way this disaster united us is unprecedented. We see the support and continued effort to end this war.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for survive

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for survive »


Find a translation for the survive definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"survive." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 28 Feb. 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/survive>.

Discuss these survive definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for survive? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    long and thin and often limp
    • A. tenebrous
    • B. jejune
    • C. commensal
    • D. lank

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for survive: