(adjective, verb, adverb)


1. actually being performed at the time of hearing or viewing

- a live television program

- brought to you live from Lincoln Center

- live entertainment involves performers actually in the physical presence of a live audience

Similar word(s): unfilmed, untaped, unrecorded

2. exerting force or containing energy

- live coals

- tossed a live cigarette out the window

- got a shock from a live wire

Similar word(s): active, living

3. possessing life

- the happiest person alive

- the nerve is alive

- doctors are working hard to keep him alive

Similar word(s): liveborn, viable, vital, animate, alive

4. highly reverberant

- a live concert hall

Similar word(s): reverberant

5. charged with an explosive

- live ammunition

- a live bomb

Similar word(s): loaded

6. elastic; bounces easily.

- a lively tennis ball

Similar word(s): elastic, bouncy, lively, resilient, springy

7. abounding with life and energy

- the club members are a really live bunch

Similar word(s): lively

8. in current use or ready for use

- live copy is ready to be set in type or already set but not yet proofread

Similar word(s): current

9. of current relevance

- a live issue

- still a live option

Similar word(s): current

10. charged or energized with electricity

- a live wire

Similar word(s): charged, hot

11. capable of erupting

- a live volcano

- the volcano is very much alive

Similar word(s): active, alive

Sentences with live as an adjective:

- The post office will not ship live animals.

- He is a live example of the consequences of excessive drinking.

- the live spindle of a lathe

- a live ball

- The station presented a live news program every evening.

- This nightclub has a live band on weekends.

- The air force practices dropping live bombs on the uninhabited island.

- Use caution when working near live wires.

- Tommy's blind was live, so he was given the option to raise.

- a live coal; live embers

- a live man, or orator


1. not recorded

- the opera was broadcast live

Sentences with live as an adverb:

- The concert was broadcast live by radio.

- He'll be appearing live at the auditorium.


1. be an inhabitant of or reside in

- People lived in Africa millions of years ago

Similar word(s): dwell, inhabit, populate

Definition categories: stative, be

2. lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style

- we had to live frugally after the war

Definition categories: stative

3. continue to live and avoid dying

- The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents

- One crash victim died, the other lived

Similar word(s): endure, go, last, survive

Definition categories: stative

4. support oneself

- Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?

Similar word(s): exist, subsist, survive

Definition categories: stative

5. have life, be alive

- My grandfather lived until the end of war

Similar word(s): be

Definition categories: stative

6. have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations

- I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict

- The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare

- I lived through two divorces

Similar word(s): experience, know

Definition categories: cognition, experience, see

7. pursue a positive and satisfying existence

- You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live

Definition categories: stative

Sentences with live as a verb:

- He's not expected to live for more than a few months.

- I live at 2a Acacia Avenue.  He lives in LA, but he's staying here over the summer.

- Her memory lives in that song.

- You'll just have to live with it!  I can't live in a world without you.

- To live an idle or a useful life.

- No ship could live in such a storm.