Definition of survivor in English:

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Pronunciation: /sərˈvīvər/


1A person who survives, especially a person remaining alive after an event in which others have died: the sole survivor of the massacre
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  • Reporters went to Vietnam to interview survivors of the event who clearly corroborated official accounts.
  • ‘It is the last opportunity to do this while survivors are still alive,’ he said.
  • There have been harrowing stories of some of the few survivors still alive.
1.1The remainder of a group of people or things: a survivor from last year’s team
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  • Sure there are some rare survivors of the era, but how have they held up?
  • Wentworth Castle was designed as a trophy home, built for the decadence and frivolity of the Georgian days and the glasshouse is a rare survivor of these times.
  • A rare survivor from the Victorian age, the gardens have been returned to their heyday and are full of spectacular spring bulbs.
1.2A person who copes well with difficulties in their life: she is a born survivor
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  • She's a born survivor, a walking miracle and something of a local celebrity, all at the tender age of just three.
  • He dismisses the influence of having to adjust to a new land and a new people might have had on him as a teenager and suddenly you understand he was born a survivor.
  • A social chameleon and born survivor, Sneath is there as events unfold and is around to tell the story later.
1.3 Law A joint tenant who has the right to the whole estate on the other’s death.
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  • Property held under a joint tenancy rather than separately passes to the survivor on death.
  • That joint tenant subsequently died and the survivor claimed that there had been no valid severance in this instance.
  • This means that on the death of the first of you the survivor automatically becomes the owner of the whole property.

Words that rhyme with survivor

conniver, contriver, diver, driver, fiver, Godiva, Ivor, jiver, Liver, reviver, saliva, skiver, striver, viva

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Syllabification: sur·vi·vor

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