- 1Continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship: against all odds the child survivedMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [with object] Continue to live or exist in spite of (an accident or ordeal): he has survived several assassination attemptsMore example sentences
- 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 relativesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3 [no object] Manage to keep going in difficult circumstances: she had to work day and night and survive on two hours sleepMore example sentences
- 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'.