Definition of alive in English:

alive

Syllabification: a·live
Pronunciation: /əˈlīv
 
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adjective

[predic.]
  • 1(Of a person, animal, or plant) living, not dead: hopes of finding anyone still alive were fading he was kept alive by a feeding-tube
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    • It would make no difference to Frank whether the creature was alive or dead.
    • Most of us would accept that the cat is either alive or dead at a given time.
    • I like to be reminded of the spring miracle, especially in the depth of winter, when the vibrantly alive trees look so dead.
    Synonyms
    living, live; breathing, vital, functioning; animate, sentient; existing
    informal alive and kicking, in the land of the living, among the living
    archaic quick
  • 1.1(Of a feeling or quality) continuing in existence: keeping hope alive
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    • They kept his memory alive by continuing to cook up The Recipe.
    • Teams want to help keep Joel's memory alive by continuing his work, and the response really has been something else.
    • Joe realises that younger people may find it difficult to realise why this sense of nostalgia is so important to him but he continues to try to keep the memory of bygone days alive.
    Synonyms
    in existence, existing, active, existent, extant, ongoing, abiding, functioning, in operation; current, contemporary
    informal on the map
  • 1.2Continuing to be supported or in use: militarism was kept alive by pure superstition
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    • It's absolutely critical to understand that the resistance would be unable to stay alive without massive support from the locals.
    • These events help to keep the Community Games alive, your support is appreciated.
    • Help keep our culture alive by supporting this weekend and bring your friends.
  • 3 (alive to) Aware of and interested in; responsive to: always alive to new ideas
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    • In foreign affairs we have pursued our national interest robustly while remaining alive to the needs and interests of others.
    • The respondent must have been alive to the possibility that a cyclist could come along.
    • He was socially conscious in every sense, alive to the possibilities of celebrating what he found.
  • 4 (alive with) Swarming or teeming with: in spring those cliffs are alive with auks and gulls
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    • The format of this book is alive with visuals and packed with persuasive language.
    • The town will be alive with an abundance of colour and plenty of entertainment for all the family.
    • Obscure slices of history and allegories abound and every spot comes alive with some parable or other.
    Synonyms
    teeming, swarming, overrun, bristling, infested; crowded, packed
    informal crawling, lousy
    rare pullulating

Phrases

alive and kicking

informal Prevalent and very active: bigotry is still alive and kicking
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  • It needs a demonstration that it is alive and kicking.
  • People have been forecasting that for a long time and could I tell you they're still very much alive and kicking.
  • History was alive and kicking on Saturday when around 100 people brought their archaeological finds to Westbury Visitor Centre.

alive and well

Still existing or active (often used to deny rumors or beliefs that something has disappeared or declined): Jefferson’s ideas are alive and well today in Washington
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  • Forget the market reaction to the interim banking profits so far, the industry is alive and well.
  • He may have disappeared from British politics, but the former Prime Minister is alive and well and ruling Australia.
  • Missing student Vicky Stephenson was today found alive and well in Dublin.

look alive

another term for look lively (see lively).

Derivatives

aliveness

noun
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  • Authentic choices and actions bring forth spirit: the energy that gives courage, passion, vitality, intensity, and aliveness to our existence.
  • Mauri is the unique life-force, the vitality, source and essential energy that drives existence, aliveness and being.
  • I mean it in the concrete sense that is used in everyday life, the sense of soul, feeling, connectedness, inspiration, and aliveness.

Origin

Old English on līfe, literally 'in life'.

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