alive Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective possessing life
- the happiest person alive
- the nerve is alive
- doctors are working hard to keep him alive
- burned alive
- a live canary
adjective satellite (often followed by `with') full of life and spirit
- she was wonderfully alive for her age
- a face alive with mischief
adjective having life or vigor or spirit
- an animated and expressive face
- animated conversation
- became very animated when he heard the good news
adjective satellite (followed by `to' or `of') aware of
- is alive to the moods of others
adjective satellite in operation
- keep hope alive
- the tradition was still alive
- an active tradition
adjective satellite mentally perceptive and responsive
- 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
adjective satellite capable of erupting
- a live volcano
- the volcano is very much alive
OE. on live
, AS. on life
in life; life
being dat. of lif
life. See Life
, and cf. Live
- 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.
- In a state of action; in force or operation; unextinguished; unexpired; existent; as, to keep the fire alive; to keep the affections alive.
- 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.
- Sprightly; lively; brisk.
- Having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive.
Tremblingly alive to nature's laws.
- Of all living (by way of emphasis).
Northumberland was the proudest man alive.
Used colloquially as an intensive; as, man alive!
✍ Alive always follows the noun which it qualifies.
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