Definition of outlive in English:

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Pronunciation: /aʊtˈlɪv/


[with object]
1(Of a person) live longer than (another person): women generally outlive men
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  • So many people outlive their friends and their contemporaneous family.
  • The demographics of participants in this study reflect current population demographics in which women outlive their husbands and then live alone.
  • The battle against obesity in children isn't just a fashion or a fad - experts are worried that the health problems brought on by being overweight are so severe that we might soon see parents outliving their children.
1.1Survive or last beyond (a specified period or expected lifespan): the organization had largely outlived its usefulness
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  • The trees overshot their expected height and girth, and have now begun to outlive their lifespan.
  • Some of the country's television broadcasting satellites had outlived their intended period of service.
  • Neo-tribes are predicted to coalesce over single issues, and to be short-lived, not outliving the lifespan of its members, this latter point being the opposite of that which occurs in anthropological tribes.
live on after, live longer than, outlast, remain alive after, survive;
1.2 archaic Live through (an experience): the world has outlived much
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  • Yet, it is necessary to outlive the inhuman experience of this attempt at genocide with the collaboration and connivance of the state and come to grips with its implications for the future of the Republic.

Words that rhyme with outlive

forgive, give, live, misgive, shiv, sieve, spiv, Viv

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