lived [lahyvd, livd] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. having life, a life, or lives, as specified (usually used in combination): a many-lived cat.

Origin of lived Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at life, -ed3 Related formshalf-lived, adjectivePronunciation note Lived, meaning “having a certain kind or extent of life,” is not derived from the preterit and past participle of the verb live [liv] /lɪv/, but from the noun life [lahyf] /laɪf/, to which the suffix -ed has been added. The original pronunciation, therefore, and one still heard, is [lahyvd] /laɪvd/, which retains the vowel (ī) of life. Since the f of life changes to v with the addition of this suffix, as when leaf becomes leaved, this lived is identical in spelling with the preterit and past participle lived, and conflation of the two has led to the increasingly frequent pronunciation of this lived as [livd] /lɪvd/ in such combinations as long-lived and short-lived. Both pronunciations are considered standard. live 1[liv] verb (used without object), lived [livd] /lɪvd/, liv·ing.

  1. to have life, as an organism; be alive; be capable of vital functions: all things that live.
  2. to continue to have life; remain alive: to live to a ripe old age.
  3. to continue in existence, operation, memory, etc.; last: a book that lives in my memory.
  4. to maintain or support one’s existence; provide for oneself: to live on one’s income.
  5. to feed or subsist (usually followed by on or upon): to live on rice and bananas.
  6. to dwell or reside (usually followed by in, at, etc.): to live in a cottage.
  7. to pass life in a specified manner: They lived happily ever after.
  8. to direct or regulate one’s life: to live by the golden rule.
  9. to experience or enjoy to the full: At 40 she was just beginning to live.
  10. to cohabit (usually followed by with).
  11. to escape destruction or remain afloat, as a ship or aircraft.

verb (used with object), lived [livd] /lɪvd/, liv·ing.

  1. to pass (life): to live a life of ease.
  2. to practice, represent, or exhibit in one’s life: to live one’s philosophy.

Verb Phrases

  1. live down, to live so as to allow (a mistake, disgrace, etc.) to be forgotten or forgiven: She’ll never live that crucial moment of failure down.
  2. live in/out, to reside at or away from the place of one’s employment, especially as a domestic servant: Their butler lives in, but the maids live out.
  3. live up to, to live in accordance with (expectations or an ideal or standard); measure up to: He never lived up to his father’s vision of him.


  1. live high off/on the hog. hog(def 16).
  2. live it up, Informal. to live in an extravagant or wild manner; pursue pleasure: He started living it up after he got out of the army.
  3. live well, to live comfortably: They’re not wealthy but they live well.

Origin of live 1 before 900; Middle English liven, Old English lifian, libban; cognate with Dutch leven, German leben, Old Norse lifa, Gothic liban Related Words for lived alive, hot, working, lively, prevalent, last, lead, move, maintain, remain, continue, endure, pass, survive, reside, locate, settle, crash, occupy, flourish Examples from the Web for lived Contemporary Examples of lived

  • Most coup members “lived in the diaspora in the United States and Germany,” Faal said.

    The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country

    Jacob Siegel

    January 6, 2015

  • We are not told that Cooper had been able to vote without hindrance when she lived in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

    Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’

    Gary May

    January 2, 2015

  • Could he have won the White House in 1992, and if he had, would he have lived up to his ideals?

    President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion

    Jonathan Alter

    January 2, 2015

  • That is the difference between the protections embedded in our Bill of Rights and the lived lives of our citizenry.

    What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?

    Goldie Taylor

    December 30, 2014

  • Like Romeo and Juliet, we lived in different worlds — until now.

    Biking With the Bard

    Kara Cutruzzula

    December 28, 2014

  • Historical Examples of lived

  • Paralus ever lived in affectionate communion with the birds and the flowers.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • They told the story of a queen who had lived to be eighty-two years old.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • But when the Jews entered Palestine, the Canaanites lived in towns and villages.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • Just across the way, there lived a farmer who had a young daughter.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • For many years they lived amidst the trackless hills of the desert.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • British Dictionary definitions for lived live 1 verb (mainly intr)

    1. to show the characteristics of life; be alive
    2. to remain alive or in existence
    3. to exist in a specified wayto live poorly
    4. (usually foll by in or at) to reside or dwellto live in London
    5. (often foll by on) to continue or lastthe pain still lives in her memory
    6. (usually foll by by) to order one’s life (according to a certain philosophy, religion, etc)
    7. (foll by on, upon, or by) to support one’s style of life; subsistto live by writing
    8. (foll by with) to endure the effects (of a crime, mistake, etc)
    9. (foll by through) to experience and survivehe lived through the war
    10. (tr) to pass or spend (one’s life, etc)
    11. to enjoy life to the fullhe knows how to live
    12. (tr) to put into practice in one’s daily life; expresshe lives religion every day
    13. live and let live to refrain from interfering in others’ lives; to be tolerant
    14. where one lives US informal in one’s sensitive or defenceless position

    See also live down, live in, live out, live together, live up, live with Word Origin for live Old English libban, lifian; related to Old High German libēn, Old Norse lifa live 2 adjective

    1. (prenominal) showing the characteristics of life
    2. (usually prenominal) of, relating to, or abounding in lifethe live weight of an animal
    3. (usually prenominal) of current interest; controversiala live issue
    4. actuala real live cowboy
    5. informal full of life and energy
    6. (of a coal, ember, etc) glowing or burning
    7. (esp of a volcano) not extinct
    8. loaded or capable of explodinga live bomb
    9. radio television transmitted or present at the time of performance, rather than being a recordinga live show
    10. (of a record)
      1. recorded in concert
      2. recorded in one studio take, without overdubs or splicing
    11. connected to a source of electric powera live circuit
    12. (esp of a colour or tone) brilliant or splendid
    13. acoustically reverberanta live studio
    14. sport (of a ball) in play
    15. (of rocks, ores, etc) not quarried or mined; native
    16. being in a state of motion or transmitting power; positively connected to a driving member
    17. printing
      1. (of copy) not yet having been set into type
      2. (of type that has been set) still in use


    1. during, at, or in the form of a live performancethe show went out live

    Word Origin for live C16: from on live alive Word Origin and History for lived live v.

    Old English lifian (Anglian), libban (West Saxon) “to be, to live, have life; to experience,” also “to supply oneself with food, to pass life (in some condition),” from Proto-Germanic *liben (cf. Old Norse lifa “to live, remain,” Old Frisian libba, German leben, Gothic liban “to live”), from PIE root *leip- “to remain, continue” (cf. Greek liparein “to persist, persevere;” see leave). Meaning “to make a residence, dwell” is from c.1200. Related: Lived; living.

    According to the Dutch Prouerbe … Leuen ende laetan leuen, To liue and to let others liue. [Malynes, 1622]

    To live it up “live gaily and extravagantly” is from 1903. To live up to “act in accordance with” is 1690s, from earlier live up “live on a high (moral or mental) level” (1680s). To live (something) down “outwear (some slander or embarrassment)” is from 1842. To live with “cohabit as husband and wife” is attested from 1749; sense of “to put up with” is attested from 1937. Expression live and learn is attested from c.1620.

    live adj.

    1540s, “having life,” later (1610s) “burning, glowing,” a shortening of alive (q.v.). Sense of “containing unspent energy or power” (live ammunition, etc.) is from 1799. Meaning “in-person” (of performance) is first attested 1934. Live wire is attested from 1890; figurative sense of “active person” is from 1903.

    lived in Medicine live [līv] adj.

    1. Having life; alive.
    2. Capable of replicating in a host’s cells.
    3. Containing living microorganisms or viruses capable of replicating in a host’s cells.

    Idioms and Phrases with lived live

    In addition to the idioms beginning with live

  • live and learn
  • live and let live
  • live by one’s wits
  • live dangerously
  • live down
  • live for the moment
  • live from day to day
  • live from hand to mouth
  • live happily ever after
  • live high off the hog
  • live in
  • live in each other’s pockets
  • live in sin
  • live it up
  • live like a king
  • live on
  • live on borrowed time
  • live on the edge
  • live out
  • live through
  • live together
  • live up to
  • live wire
  • live with
  • also see:

  • alive (live) and kicking
  • as I live and breathe
  • close to home (where one lives)
  • (live from) day to day
  • fat of the land, live off the
  • high off the hog, live
  • in one’s pocket (live in each other’s pockets)
  • learn to live with
  • people who live in glass houses
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