Definition of survivor in English:


Syllabification: sur·vi·vor
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.

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