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Life vs. Live

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Lifenoun

(uncountable) The state of organisms preceding their death, characterized by biological processes such as metabolism and reproduction and distinguishing them from inanimate objects; the state of being alive and living.

‘Having experienced both, the vampire decided that he preferred (un)death to life.’; ‘He gave up on life.’;

Liveverb

(intransitive) To be alive; to have life.

‘He's not expected to live for more than a few months.’;

Lifenoun

(biology) The status possessed by any of a number of entities, including animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, and sometimes viruses, which have the properties of replication and metabolism.

Liveverb

(intransitive) To have permanent residence somewhere, to inhabit, to reside.

‘I live at 2a Acacia Avenue.’; ‘He lives in LA, but he's staying here over the summer.’;

Lifenoun

The animating principle or force that keeps an inorganic thing or concept metaphorically alive (dynamic, relevant, etc) and makes it a "living document", "living constitution", etc.

Liveverb

(intransitive) To survive; to persevere; to continue.

‘Her memory lives in that song.’;

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Lifenoun

Lifeforms, generally or collectively.

‘It's life, but not as we know it.’; ‘She discovered plant life on the planet.’; ‘The rover discovered signs of life on the alien world.’;

Liveverb

To cope.

‘You'll just have to live with it!’; ‘I can't live in a world without you.’;

Lifenoun

(countable) A living individual; the fact of a particular individual being alive. Chiefly when indicating individuals were lost (died) or saved.

‘Many lives were lost during the war.’; ‘Her quick thinking saved many dogs' lives.’;

Liveverb

(intransitive) To pass life in a specified manner.

‘It is difficult to live in poverty.’; ‘And they lived happily ever after.’;

Lifenoun

Existence.

‘Man's life on this planet has been marked by continual conflict.’; ‘the eternal life of the soul’;

Liveverb

(transitive) To spend, as one's life; to pass; to maintain; to continue in, constantly or habitually.

‘To live an idle or a useful life.’;

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Lifenoun

A worthwhile existence.

‘He gets up early in the morning, works all day long — even on weekends — and hardly sees his family. That's no life!’; ‘His life was ruined by drugs.’;

Liveverb

(transitive) To act habitually in conformity with; to practice; to exemplify in one's way of life.

Lifenoun

A particular aspect of existence.

‘He struggled to balance his family life, social life and work life.’; ‘sex life, political life’;

Liveverb

(intransitive) To outlast danger; to float (said of a ship, boat, etc).

‘No ship could live in such a storm.’;

Lifenoun

(informal) Social life.

‘Get a life.’;

Liveverb

To maintain or support one's existence; to provide for oneself; to feed; to subsist.

‘It is hard to live on the minimum wage.’; ‘They lived on stale bread.’;

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Lifenoun

Something which is inherently part of a person's existence, such as job, family, a loved one, etc.

‘She's my love, my life.’; ‘Running the bakery is her life.’;

Liveverb

To make the most of life; to experience a full, rich life.

‘I'm sick of spending every day studying at home: I want to go out there and live!’;

Lifenoun

A period of time during which something has existence.

Liveadjective

(only used attributively) Having life; that is alive.

‘The post office will not ship live animals.’;

Lifenoun

The period during which one (a person, an animal, a plant; a civilization, species; a star; etc) is alive.

‘This light bulb is designed to have a life of 2,000 hours.’;

Liveadjective

Being in existence; actual

‘He is a live example of the consequences of excessive drinking.’;

Lifenoun

The span of time during which an object operates.

Liveadjective

Having active properties; being energized.

Lifenoun

The period of time during which an object is recognizable.

‘The life of this milk carton may be thousands of years in this landfill.’;

Liveadjective

Operational; being in actual use rather than in testing.

Lifenoun

A particular phase or period of existence.

Liveadjective

Taken from a living animal.

‘live feathers’;

Lifenoun

A period extending from a when a (positive or negative) office, punishment, etc is conferred on someone until that person dies (or, sometimes, reaches retirement age).

Liveadjective

(engineering) Imparting power; having motion.

‘the live spindle of a lathe’; ‘a live, or driving, axle’;

Lifenoun

Animation; spirit; vivacity.

Liveadjective

(sports) Still in active play.

‘a live ball’;

Lifenoun

The most lively component or participant.

Liveadjective

(broadcasting) Seen or heard from a broadcast, as it happens.

‘The station presented a live news program every evening.’;

Lifenoun

A biography.

‘His life of the founder is finished, except for the title.’;

Liveadjective

Of a performance or speech, in person.

‘This nightclub has a live band on weekends.’;

Lifenoun

Nature, reality, and the forms that exist it.

Liveadjective

Of a recorded performance, made in front of an audience, or not having been edited after recording.

Lifenoun

An opportunity for existence.

Liveadjective

Of firearms or explosives, capable of causing harm.

‘The air force practices dropping live bombs on the uninhabited island.’;

Lifenoun

(video games) One of the player's chances to play, lost when the player's character dies or when certain mistakes are made.

‘Scoring 1000 points is rewarded with an extra life.’;

Liveadjective

(circuitry) Electrically charged or energized, usually indicating that the item may cause electrocution if touched.

‘Use caution when working near live wires.’;

Lifenoun

A chance for the batter (or batting team) to bat again, given as a result of an misplay by a member of the fielding team.

Liveadjective

(poker) Being a bet which can be raised by the bettor, usually in reference to a blind or straddle.

‘Tommy's blind was live, so he was given the option to raise.’;

Lifenoun

The life insurance industry.

‘I work in life.’;

Liveadjective

Featuring humans; not animated, in the phrases “live actors” or “live action”.

Lifenoun

(countable) A life assured under a life assurance policy (equivalent to the policy itself for a single life contract).

Liveadjective

Being in a state of ignition; burning.

‘a live coal; live embers’;

Lifenoun

The state of being which begins with generation, birth, or germination, and ends with death; also, the time during which this state continues; that state of an animal or plant in which all or any of its organs are capable of performing all or any of their functions; - used of all animal and vegetable organisms.

Liveadjective

(obsolete) Full of earnestness; active; wide awake; glowing.

‘a live man, or orator’;

Lifenoun

Of human beings: The union of the soul and body; also, the duration of their union; sometimes, the deathless quality or existence of the soul; as, man is a creature having an immortal life.

‘She shows a body rather than a life.’;

Liveadjective

(obsolete) Vivid; bright.

Lifenoun

The potential principle, or force, by which the organs of animals and plants are started and continued in the performance of their several and coöperative functions; the vital force, whether regarded as physical or spiritual.

Liveadverb

Of an event, as it happens; in real time; direct.

‘The concert was broadcast live by radio.’;

Lifenoun

Figuratively: The potential or animating principle, also, the period of duration, of anything that is conceived of as resembling a natural organism in structure or functions; as, the life of a state, a machine, or a book; authority is the life of government.

Liveadverb

Of making a performance or speech, in person.

‘He'll be appearing live at the auditorium.’;

Lifenoun

A certain way or manner of living with respect to conditions, circumstances, character, conduct, occupation, etc.; hence, human affairs; also, lives, considered collectively, as a distinct class or type; as, low life; a good or evil life; the life of Indians, or of miners.

‘That which before us lies in daily life.’; ‘By experience of life abroad in the world.’; ‘Lives of great men all remind usWe can make our lives sublime.’; ‘'T is from high life high characters are drawn.’;

Livenoun

(obsolete) life

Lifenoun

Animation; spirit; vivacity; vigor; energy.

‘No notion of life and fire in fancy and in words.’; ‘That gives thy gestures grace and life.’;

Liveverb

To be alive; to have life; to have, as an animal or a plant, the capacity of assimilating matter as food, and to be dependent on such assimilation for a continuance of existence; as, animals and plants that live to a great age are long in reaching maturity.

‘Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will . . . lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live.’;

Lifenoun

That which imparts or excites spirit or vigor; that upon which enjoyment or success depends; as, he was the life of the company, or of the enterprise.

Liveverb

To pass one's time; to pass life or time in a certain manner, as to habits, conduct, or circumstances; as, to live in ease or affluence; to live happily or usefully.

‘O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that liveth at rest in his possessions!’;

Lifenoun

The living or actual form, person, thing, or state; as, a picture or a description from, the life.

Liveverb

To make one's abiding place or home; to abide; to dwell; to reside; as, to live in a cottage by the sea.

‘Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years.’;

Lifenoun

A person; a living being, usually a human being; as, many lives were sacrificed.

Liveverb

To be or continue in existence; to exist; to remain; to be permanent; to last; - said of inanimate objects, ideas, etc.

‘Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtuesWe write in water.’;

Lifenoun

The system of animal nature; animals in general, or considered collectively.

‘Full nature swarms with life.’;

Liveverb

To enjoy or make the most of life; to be in a state of happiness; as, people want not just to exist, but to live.

‘What greater curse could envious fortune giveThan just to die when I began to live?’;

Lifenoun

An essential constituent of life, esp: the blood.

‘The words that I speak unto you . . . they are life.’; ‘The warm life came issuing through the wound.’;

Liveverb

To feed; to subsist; to be nourished or supported; - with on; as, horses live on grass and grain.

Lifenoun

A history of the acts and events of a life; a biography; as, Johnson wrote the life of Milton.

Liveverb

To have a spiritual existence; to be quickened, nourished, and actuated by divine influence or faith.

‘The just shall live by faith.’;

Lifenoun

Enjoyment in the right use of the powers; especially, a spiritual existence; happiness in the favor of God; heavenly felicity.

Liveverb

To be maintained in life; to acquire a livelihood; to subsist; - with on or by; as, to live on spoils.

‘Those who live by labor.’;

Lifenoun

Something dear to one as one's existence; a darling; - used as a term of endearment.

Liveverb

To outlast danger; to float; - said of a ship, boat, etc.; as, no ship could live in such a storm.

‘A strong mast that lived upon the sea.’;

Lifenoun

a characteristic state or mode of living;

‘social life’; ‘city life’; ‘real life’;

Liveverb

To spend, as one's life; to pass; to maintain; to continue in, constantly or habitually; as, to live an idle or a useful life.

Lifenoun

the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living;

‘he hoped for a new life in Australia’; ‘he wanted to live his own life without interference from others’;

Liveverb

To act habitually in conformity with; to practice.

‘To live the Gospel.’;

Lifenoun

the experience of living; the course of human events and activities;

‘he could no longer cope with the complexities of life’;

Liveadjective

Having life; alive; living; not dead.

‘If one man's ox hurt another's, that he die; then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of it.’;

Lifenoun

the condition of living or the state of being alive;

‘while there's life there's hope’; ‘life depends on many chemical and physical processes’;

Liveadjective

Being in a state of ignition; burning; having active properties; as, a live coal; live embers.

Lifenoun

the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death);

‘the battery had a short life’; ‘he lived a long and happy life’;

Liveadjective

Full of earnestness; active; wide awake; glowing; as, a live man, or orator.

Lifenoun

the period between birth and the present time;

‘I have known him all his life’;

Liveadjective

Vivid; bright.

Lifenoun

animation and energy in action or expression;

‘it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it’;

Liveadjective

Imparting power; having motion; as, the live spindle of a lathe; live steam.

Lifenoun

an account of the series of events making up a person's life

Liveadjective

Connected to a voltage source; as, a live wire.

Lifenoun

the period from the present until death;

‘he appointed himself emperor for life’;

Liveadjective

Being transmitted instantaneously, as events occur, in contrast to recorded.

Lifenoun

a living person;

‘his heroism saved a life’;

Liveadjective

Still in active play; - of a ball being used in a game; as, a live ball.

Lifenoun

living things collectively;

‘the oceans are teeming with life’;

Liveadjective

Pertaining to an entertainment event which was performed (and possibly recorded) in front of an audience; contrasted to performances recorded in a studio without an audience.

Lifenoun

a motive for living;

‘pottery was his life’;

Livenoun

Life.

Lifenoun

the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones;

‘there is no life on the moon’;

Liveverb

make one's home or live in;

‘She resides officially in Iceland’; ‘I live in a 200-year old house’; ‘These people inhabited all the islands that are now deserted’; ‘The plains are sparsely populated’;

Lifenoun

a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives;

‘he got life for killing the guard’;

Liveverb

lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style;

‘we had to live frugally after the war’;

Life

Life is a characteristic that distinguishes physical entities that have biological processes, such as signaling and self-sustaining processes, from those that do not, either because such functions have ceased (they have died), or because they never had such functions and are classified as inanimate. Various forms of life exist, such as plants, animals, fungi, protists, archaea, and bacteria.

Liveverb

continue to live; endure or last;

‘We went without water and food for 3 days’; ‘These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America’; ‘The racecar driver lived through several very serious accidents’;

Liveverb

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’;

Liveverb

have life, be alive;

‘Our great leader is no more’; ‘My grandfather lived until the end of war’;

Liveverb

have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations;

‘I know the feeling!’; ‘have you ever known hunger?’; ‘I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict’; ‘The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare’; ‘I lived through two divorces’;

Liveverb

pursue a positive and satisfying existence;

‘You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live’;

Liveadjective

actually being performed at the time of hearing or viewing;

‘a live television program’; ‘brought to you live from Lincoln Center’; ‘live entertainment involves performers actually in the physical presence of a live audience’;

Liveadjective

showing characteristics of life; exerting force or containing energy;

‘live coals’; ‘tossed a live cigarette out the window’; ‘got a shock from a live wire’; ‘live ore is unmined ore’; ‘a live bomb’; ‘a live ball is one in play’;

Liveadjective

highly reverberant;

‘a live concert hall’;

Liveadjective

charged with an explosive;

‘live ammunition’; ‘a live bomb’;

Liveadjective

rebounds readily;

‘clean bouncy hair’; ‘a lively tennis ball’; ‘as resiliant as seasoned hickory’; ‘springy turf’;

Liveadjective

abounding with life and energy;

‘the club members are a really live bunch’;

Liveadjective

in current use or ready for use;

‘live copy is ready to be set in type or already set but not yet proofread’;

Liveadjective

of current relevance;

‘a live issue’; ‘still a live option’;

Liveadjective

charged or energized with electricity;

‘a hot wire’; ‘a live wire’;

Liveadjective

having life;

‘a live canary’; ‘hit a live nerve’; ‘famous living painters’; ‘living tissue’;

Liveadjective

capable of erupting;

‘a live volcano’; ‘the volcano is very much alive’;

Liveadverb

not recorded;

‘the opera was broadcast live’;

Liveverb

remain alive

‘both cats lived to a ripe age’; ‘the doctors said she had only six months to live’;

Liveverb

be alive at a specified time

‘he lived four centuries ago’;

Liveverb

spend one's life in a particular way or under particular circumstances

‘he was living a life of luxury in Australia’; ‘people are living in fear in the wake of the shootings’;

Liveverb

(of an employee or student) reside at (or away from) the place where one works or studies

‘the development is designed to provide extra accommodation for undergraduates to enable all 400 to live in’;

Liveverb

supply oneself with the means of subsistence

‘they live by hunting and fishing’;

Liveverb

survive (an unpleasant experience or period)

‘both men lived through the Depression’;

Liveverb

survive in someone's mind; be remembered

‘only the name lived on’;

Liveverb

have an exciting or fulfilling life

‘he couldn't wait to get out of school and really start living’;

Liveverb

regard as the purpose or most important aspect of one's life

‘Tony lived for his painting’;

Liveverb

(of a ship) escape destruction; remain afloat.

Liveverb

make one's home in a particular place or with a particular person

‘I've lived in the East End all my life’; ‘they lived with his grandparents’;

Liveverb

(of an object) be kept in a particular place

‘I told her where the coffee lived and went back to sleep’;

Liveadjective

not dead or inanimate; living

‘live animals’;

Liveadjective

(of a vaccine) containing viruses or bacteria that are living but of a mild or attenuated strain.

Liveadjective

(of yogurt) containing the living microorganisms by which it is formed.

Liveadjective

relating to a musical performance given in concert, not on a recording

‘there is traditional live music played most nights’; ‘a live album’;

Liveadjective

(of a broadcast) transmitted at the time of occurrence, not from a recording

‘live coverage of the match’;

Liveadjective

(of a wire or device) connected to a source of electric current.

Liveadjective

of, containing, or using undetonated explosive

‘live ammunition’;

Liveadjective

(of coals) burning or glowing.

Liveadjective

(of a match) unused.

Liveadjective

(of a wheel or axle in machinery) moving or imparting motion.

Liveadjective

(of a ball in a game) in play, especially in contrast to being foul or out of bounds.

Liveadjective

(of a question or subject) of current or continuing interest and importance

‘the future organization of Europe has become a live issue’;

Liveadverb

as or at an actual event or performance

‘the match will be televised live’;

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