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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.

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

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  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. Jim Comfort:

    If you don't embrace these new technologies, you won't continue to survive, it is transforming all industries.

  2. Gerri Willis:

    I was in treatment for nine months, and being alone is a disaster, you need people around you – you need other breast cancer people with you to give you ideas and suggestions to survive the treatment.

  3. Ian Myles:

    The good bacteria don't survive as well.

  4. Ice Cream Doug Warren:

    I know that well survive somehow some way, even if we take a loss this year, next year, well come back stronger than ever and well keep on going.

  5. Antonio Mugica:

    Everything we are doing every day is to survive.

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