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alive Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective possessing life
    • the happiest person alive
    • the nerve is alive
    • doctors are working hard to keep him alive
    • burned alive
    • a live canary
  2. adjective satellite (often followed by `with') full of life and spirit
    • she was wonderfully alive for her age
    • a face alive with mischief
  3. adjective having life or vigor or spirit
    • an animated and expressive face
    • animated conversation
    • became very animated when he heard the good news
  4. adjective satellite (followed by `to' or `of') aware of
    • is alive to the moods of others
  5. adjective satellite in operation
    • keep hope alive
    • the tradition was still alive
    • an active tradition
  6. adjective satellite mentally perceptive and responsive
    awake; alert.
    • an alert mind
    • alert to the problems
    • alive to what is going on
    • awake to the dangers of her situation
    • was now awake to the reality of his predicament
  7. adjective satellite capable of erupting
    • a live volcano
    • the volcano is very much alive

A*live" adjective
OE. on live, AS. on life in life; life being dat. of lif life. See Life, and cf. Live, a.
  1. Having life, in opposition to dead; living; being in a state in which the organs perform their functions; as, an animal or a plant which is alive.
  2. In a state of action; in force or operation; unextinguished; unexpired; existent; as, to keep the fire alive; to keep the affections alive.
  3. Exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings; swarming; thronged.
    The Boyne, for a quarter of a mile, was alive with muskets and green boughs. Macaulay.
  4. Sprightly; lively; brisk. Richardson.
  5. Having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive.
    Tremblingly alive to nature's laws. Falconer.
  6. Of all living (by way of emphasis).
    Northumberland was the proudest man alive. Clarendon.
    Used colloquially as an intensive; as, man alive! Alive always follows the noun which it qualifies.

Webster 1913