Definition of alive in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈlʌɪv


  • 3 (alive to) Aware of and interested in; responsive to: she was 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.
    alert to, awake to, aware of, sensitive to, conscious of, mindful of, heedful of, watchful of, responsive to; familiar with, cognizant of, apprised of, sensible of
    informal wise to, hip to


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 rumours or beliefs that something has disappeared or declined): the sports car industry is alive and well
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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.



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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.


Old English on līfe, literally 'in life'.

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