Definition of live-in in English:

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1(Of a domestic employee) resident in an employer’s house: a live-in housekeeper
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  • Once my mother asked me if I would mind spending the weekend helping my memaw around her house as her live-in nurse had to take off for the weekend for personal reasons.
  • She employs a live-in maid, but otherwise lives alone.
  • Employing a live-in servant was particularly important to distinguish the white-collar group, including civil servants, from that of the working class in Belgium.
1.1(Of a person) living with another in a sexual relationship: a live-in lover
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  • However, survey after survey reveals that young people still believe in marriage - few are for live-in relationships.
  • Tim willingly takes the night shift at an adult video store but it takes a toll on his relationship with live-in girlfriend, Trish.
  • It is hardly surprising, in the circumstances, that there has been little public discussion about ways to reduce the tensions that accompany the break-up of a marriage or live-in relationship.
1.2Residential: a live-in treatment program
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  • He is still on parole from his previous, so he has parole, he has probation and has to be in his live-in treatment program.
  • For a woman addict, live-in treatment is only possible when she has no other family commitments.
  • According to her, the mail order bride industry can't be separated from Canada's live-in caregiver program, which offers women a chance to immigrate here if they work as a domestic for two years.


A person who shares another’s living accommodation as a sexual partner or as an employee.
Example sentences
  • More employers are offering benefits to domestic partners: 25 percent of those surveyed currently provide benefits to opposite sex live-ins, and 16 percent offer benefits to same-sex partners.
  • ‘These recipes have been tested on two husbands, five live-ins, 25 boyfriends and an undisclosed number of one-night stands,’ she said, laughing.
  • Experts do observe that ‘life satisfaction’ is remarkably low for long-term live-ins.

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