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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surviving, livingadjective

    still in existence

    "the Wollemi pine found in Australia is a surviving specimen of a conifer thought to have been long extinct and therefore known as a living fossil"; "the only surviving frontier blockhouse in Pennsylvania"


  1. surviving

    Survival skills are techniques that a person may use in order to sustain life in any type of natural environment or built environment. These techniques are meant to provide basic necessities for human life which include water, food, and shelter. These skills also support proper knowledge and interactions with animals and plants to promote the sustaining of life over a period of time. Survival skills are often associated with the need to survive in a disaster situation. Survival skills are often basic ideas and abilities that ancient people invented and used themselves for thousands of years.Outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing, and hunting all require basic wilderness survival skills, especially in handling emergency situations. Survival skills are also often used by people living off-grid lifestyles such as homesteading. Their are also instances of survival skills being utilized by criminals, such as fugitives, draft dodgers, poachers, serial killers, illegal immigrants, escaped prisoners, organized criminals and terrorists that hideout in wilderness areas between the commission of crimes, to avoid capture by authorities. Additionally both park rangers and conservation officers are also taught survival skills, to help them find missing persons and in case they themselves become stranded while investigating wilderness crimes. The United States Armed Forces has a training program called SERE, in which military personnel, Department of Defense civilians, intelligence personnel, and private military contractors are taught survival skills, evading capture and techniques for escape from captivity, in the event that they need to survive and hideout in wilderness areas while avoiding capture by enemy combatants. Bushcraft and primitive living are most often self-implemented but require many of the same skills.


  1. surviving

    Surviving generally refers to the act of remaining alive or continuing to exist, often in spite of difficult circumstances, challenges, or threats. It encompasses physical survival, such as staying alive in harsh environmental conditions, as well as emotional or psychological survival, such as overcoming trauma or adversity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surviving

    of Survive

  2. Survivingadjective

    remaining alive; yet living or existing; as, surviving friends; surviving customs

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'surviving' in Adjectives Frequency: #948

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of surviving in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of surviving in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of surviving in a Sentence

  1. Reza Nasir:

    I feel like I have a second chance in life after surviving the tsunami, i'm grateful. It created a momentum for me to change to be better.

  2. Julie Bodin:

    Many of the children have been through things that no adult, let alone child should have to go through, witnessing the loss of loved ones, seeing their homes destroyed, and surviving in harsh and insecure conditions in the bush for months.

  3. Eric Goldberg:

    the single most important surviving author from fifth-century Gaul

  4. Barbara De Angelis:

    You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.

  5. Unknown:

    It isn't always necessary to achieve great things. Sometimes, just surviving is a great achievement.

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