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live 1

American English: /lɪv/
British English: /lɪv/

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (be, remain alive) (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]
    no te vas a morir [colloquial]
    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) 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) 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 or lord
    vivir a cuerpo de rey
    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.
    2.2 (support oneself) 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.
  • 3 3.1 (reside) 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 (US) [slang]
    eso le va a dar donde más le duele [colloquial]
    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?
    3.2 (belong) (esp British) [colloquial] 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.

transitive verb

  • 1 (exist in specified way) 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
  • 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
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]

live for

verb + preposition + object
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
(vivir en el lugar de trabajo)

live off

verb + preposition + object
vivir a costa or a costillas de
alimentarse de
you could live off the interest
podrías vivir de los intereses

live on

1verb + adverb (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
2verb + preposition + object (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

1verb + adverb (off premises)
vivir fuera (del lugar de trabajo o estudio)
I live out
vivo fuera
2verb + adverb + object 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)

live through

verb + preposition + object
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
1 (cohabit)
vivir juntos
2 (co-exist)

live up

verb + object + adverb
to live it up [colloquial]
darse la gran vida [colloquial]

live up to

verb + adverb + preposition + object
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
1 (share house with)
vivir con
he's easy/difficult to live with
es fácil/difícil vivir con él
2 (accept, tolerate)
men who live with danger every day
hombres (masculine plural) que se enfrentan diariamente al peligro
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live 2

American English: /laɪv/
British English: /lʌɪv/


  • 1 (alive) 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)
    de actualidad
    it is still a live option
    todavía es una posibilidad (a tener en cuenta)
    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.
    2.2 (still in use)
    en uso
    this one is the live copy
    esta es la última versión
  • 3 (Radio, Television)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)
    con corriente
    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)
    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.
  • 5 (Sport)
    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 (Radio, Television)
    en directo
    en vivo
    we now go live to Colin Black in New York
    ahora conectamos con Colin Black en Nueva York
    Example sentences
    • Kian described it as the moment the band has all been waiting for, getting up on stage and performing live.
    • We just can't wait to be back on-stage performing live and especially at home in Ireland.
    • I also remember watching his resignation speech live, another great performance.
  • 2 (operational) to go live
    empezar a funcionar
    entrar en operaciones
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