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Pronunciation: /lɪv/

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 1.1 (be, remain alive) vivir (for) as long as I live mientras viva, toda la vida she lived to be 100 llegó a cumplir 100 años he never lived to see it no vivió para verlo, no alcanzó or llego a verlo you'll live to regret it algún día te arrepentirás she had three months to live le quedaban tres meses de vida according to the doctors, he should live según los médicos, se salvará you'll live [colloquial/familiar] no te vas a morir [colloquial/familiar] long live the king/queen! ¡viva el rey/la reina! her words will live forever sus palabras vivirán para siempre his spirit still lives among his people su espíritu sigue vivo entre su pueblo the dramatist makes his characters live el dramaturgo da vida a sus personajes you live and learn todos los días se aprende algo nuevo live and let live vive y deja vivir a los demás
    Example sentences
    • In September 2000, she was diagnosed with bone cancer and given six months to live.
    • He has been given a 20 per cent chance of survival and doctors say he might have three to six months to live.
    • By the following morning doctors had told Lorraine that she had a rare form of cervical cancer and only six months to live.
    1.2 (experience life) vivir never eaten paella? you haven't lived! ¿no has comido nunca una paella? ¡pues no sabes lo que te pierdes or lo que es bueno!
    Example sentences
    • Maybe you should start living instead of just watching everyone else.
    • The voice is calling us to leave our foolish fears behind, to take risks, to trust, to begin to really live.
    • Get out there and start living, you never know how much longer it is all going to last.
  • 2 2.1 (conduct one's life) vivir she lived and died a Christian vivió y murió cristianamente we live very quietly llevamos una vida tranquila to live according to one's principles vivir de acuerdo a sus ( or mis etc) principios to live like a king o lord vivir a cuerpo de rey 2.2 (support oneself) vivir I earn just enough to live gano lo justo para vivir
    Example sentences
    • We lived from subsistence farming, growing sweet potatoes, corn, some sugarcane, and ginger.
    • He lived by gambling professionally for over a decade.
    • They live by hunting and gathering.
    Example sentences
    • He lived well and spent freely, renting flats in Chelsea and Brighton, employing servants, owning race horses and running a Rolls-Royce.
    • Instead of enjoying the fact that we can live comfortably, we spend our time looking to see who is living just that little bit more comfortably than us.
    • I, for one, would not produce a child that would have to live under these circumstances.
  • 3 3.1 (reside) vivir where do you live? ¿donde vives? he lives in Italy/in Paris/in the country/on a boat vive en Italia/París/el campo/un barco she lives at 44 Cedar Avenue vive en la avenida Cedar 44 he lives in that suit no se quita ese traje ni para dormir this house is not fit to live in esta casa no está en condiciones it will hit him where he lives (American English/inglés norteamericano) [slang/argot] eso le va a dar donde más le duele [colloquial/familiar] 3.2 (belong) (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar], ir* where do these dishes live? ¿dónde van estos platos?
    Example sentences
    • He took the captain and his men to see where the shields lived.
    • For the time being the vacuum cleaner lives at the end of the couch.
    • I don't know where the plates live in their kitchen any more.
    Example sentences
    • He was just a divorced man living alone in a really big house.
    • The lucky ones have grandparents living locally who are willing to help out on a regular basis.
    • Did you or you parents ever live in a house of their own?

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (exist in specified way) vivir she lives a happy life lleva una vida feliz, vive feliz you live your life and I'll live mine tú vive tu vida y déjame vivir la mía she lives her life to the full vive muy intensamente 1.2 (throw oneself into) she really lived the part realmente se identificó con el personaje for two years I lived, ate and slept the business viví dos años totalmente entregado al negocio

Phrasal verbs

live down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
you'll never live it down no se van ( or no nos vamos etc) a olvidar nunca de eso, te van ( or vamos etc) a seguir tomando el pelo toda la vida [colloquial/familiar]

live for

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
she lives for her work vive para su trabajo I've nothing left to live for ya no tengo nada por lo que vivir he's living for the day of her return vive esperando su retorno

live in

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio[ vivir en el lugar de trabajo ]

live off

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
[family/friends] vivir a costa or a costillas de; [fruits/seeds] alimentarse de you could live off the interest podrías vivir de los intereses

live on

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (continue in existence) his memory lives on su recuerdo perdura the tradition lives on la tradición sigue existiendo she lived on into a new century llegó a ver el nuevo siglo 1.1verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento (support oneself with) what will you live on? ¿de qué vas a vivir? she lives on $75 a week vive or se las arregla con 75 dólares a la semana the pension is scarcely sufficient to live on la pensión apenas alcanza para vivir these birds live mainly on insects estas aves se alimentan principalmente de insectos I can't live on promises no puedo alimentarme de promesas

live out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (off premises) vivir fuera ([ del lugar de trabajo o estudio ]) I live out vivo fuera 1.1verb + adverb + object/verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1many people lived out their whole lives in one village mucha gente vivía toda su vida en un pueblo he wanted to live out his days in that house quería vivir or pasar el resto de sus días en aquella casa 2.2 (enact) [fantasy/dream] vivir

live through

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
I'm not sure she'll live through the night no creo que pase de esta noche living through a war makes you see things differently vivir una guerra te hace ver las cosas de una manera diferente

live together

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
1.1 (cohabit) vivir juntos 1.2 (co-exist) convivir

live up

verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio
to live it up [colloquial/familiar] darse* la gran vida [colloquial/familiar]

live up to

verb + adverb + preposition + object/verbo + adverbio + preposición + complemento
it didn't live up to my expectations/its reputation no estuvo a la altura de lo que yo esperaba/de su reputación we try to live up to his ideals tratamos de vivir de acuerdo con sus ideales they live up to their name hacen honor a su nombre

live with

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
1.1 (share house with) vivir con he's easy/difficult to live with es fácil/difícil vivir con él 1.2 (accept, tolerate) [fact/situation] aceptar men who live with danger every day hombres (masculine plural) que se enfrentan diariamente al peligro

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Pronunciation: /laɪv/


  • 1 (alive) vivo the number of live births el número de nacidos vivos wow, a real live princess! ¡uy, una princesa de verdad or de carne y hueso!
    Example sentences
    • Is it better to be a live slave than a dead hero or heroine?
    • For example, a dead tree is not an eyesore, it's a home - there's more life in a dead tree than a live tree.
    • Several diseases cause rings of dead grass with live green grass in the center.
  • 2 2.1 (of current interest) [issue] candente, de actualidad it is still a live option todavía es una posibilidad (a tener en cuenta) 2.2 (still in use) en uso this one is the live copy esta es la última versión
    Example sentences
    • Here is a chance at least for the younger generation to make known its views on this live subject.
    • There is a question of trust and it is a live issue and we have to deal with it.
    • That is a live question because of the proposed abolition of the Compensation Court of New South Wales.
  • 3 [Radio] [Television/Televisión] the show was live el programa era en directo or en vivo the group's last live concert la última actuación en vivo del grupo the program is recorded before a live audience el programa se graba con público en la sala or en presencia de público
    Example sentences
    • Although she has a preference for live music and performance Caroline has a very successful recording career on the Scorpus label.
    • Though it took many years to establish the technique of sound on film, live music accompanied public performances.
    • Do you attach any importance to what the press say about your music and your live performances?
    Example sentences
    • Traditional broadcasters, with a live webcast of their output, were joined by new internet based stations.
    • It may not be very long before we will be able to watch anything via live webcast, though likely for a price.
    • Crowded round a radio listening to the live broadcast from Parliament, we all felt that a change was going to come, something old was dying.
  • 4 4.1 [Electricity/Electricidad] [circuit/terminal] con corriente, cargado don't touch the cable: it may be live no toques el cable; puede estar conectado or tener corriente
    Example sentences
    • He died as a live electric wire fell down into river.
    • Meanwhile, Antony, the thinker, had cleverly skewered a piece of Cheddar onto the end of a bare live electrical wire.
    • The base housed the live electrical wires.
    4.2 (burning) encendido
    Example sentences
    • Nobody wished to retain money, everybody dropped it like a live coal.
    • A live coal from the altar has touched his lips, and they are purified.
    • The rice wine felt like live coal slipping down my throat.
    Example sentences
    • Nothing replaces live training with live ammunition with the whole unit in the field.
    • The stove was located two rooms away from the ammunition room, which had plenty of live ammo.
    • A loaded Smith and Wesson revolver and four live rounds of ammunition were found hidden in a box under a bed.
  • 5 [Sport/Deporte] [ball] en juego
    Example sentences
    • Burress then picks up the ball and drops it again, and the Falcons proceed to pick up what should be a live ball.
    • Now for the coup de grace: a pair of Offaly hands would wrap themselves around the next live ball.
    • The ball becomes live when it leaves the referee's or umpire's hands on a jump ball.


  • 1.1 [Radio] [Television/Televisión] [broadcast] en directo, en vivo we now go live to Colin Black in New York ahora conectamos con Colin Black en Nueva York 1.2 (operational) to go live empezar* a funcionar, entrar en operaciones

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