Definition of survive in English:


Syllabification: sur·vive
Pronunciation: /sərˈvīv


[no object]
  • 1Continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship: against all odds the child survived
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    • They all needed to be pulling in the same direction in order to continue to survive.
    • Let's not kid ourselves, it is the type of cancer treatment available and where you live which determines who survives.
    • After Mr Russell was diagnosed he was given six months to live but survived for 15 years.
    remain alive, live, sustain oneself, pull through, get through, hold on/out, make it, keep body and soul togethercontinue, remain, persist, endure, live on, persevere, abide, go on, carry on, be extant, exist
  • 1.1 [with object] Continue to live or exist in spite of (an accident or ordeal): he has survived several assassination attempts
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    • It is one thing to survive a terrible ordeal and another to learn to live with the fallout.
    • The humans who survived the disaster lived in a floating space colony.
    • After surviving the tragic ordeal, the infant has been united with her real father.
  • 1.2 [with object] Remain alive after the death of (a particular person): he was survived by his wife and six children (as adjective surviving) there were no surviving relatives
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    • It is necessary that surviving family members remain together.
    • He said employers' schemes should not be required to link payments to inflation or to pay surviving partners after death.
    • Her special companion preceded her in death and she is survived by many close friends.
    outlive, outlast; live longer than
  • 1.3 [no object] Manage to keep going in difficult circumstances: she had to work day and night and survive on two hours sleep
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    • Frosh week was when I learned how to survive on one hour of sleep and still have a fantastic day.
    • You learn how to wake up at the slightest sound and survive on less sleep than Mrs Thatcher.
    • The American economy can take many shocks and it will still survive somehow because of its tremendous depth.


late Middle English: from Old French sourvivre, from Latin supervivere, from super- 'in addition' + vivere 'live'.

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