adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English on life, from on + līf life Date: before 12th century 1. having life ; not dead or inanimate 2. a. still in existence, force, or operation ; active <
kept hope alive
b. still active in competition with a chance of victory <
must win to stay alive in the playoffs
3. knowing or realizing the existence of ; sensitive <
alive to the danger
4. marked by alertness, energy, or briskness <
his face came alive at the mention of food
5. marked by much life, animation, or activity ; swarming <
streets alive with traffic
6. — used as an intensive following the noun <
the proudest boy alive
Synonyms: see awarealiveness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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