Etymology: Middle English, from Old English libban; akin to Old High German lebēn to live
Date: before 12th century
1. to be alive ; have the life of an animal or plant
2. to continue alive
3. to maintain oneself ; subsist <lived on rice and peas> 4. a. to occupy a home ; dwell <living in a shabby room> <they had always lived in the country> b. to be located or stored <the silverware lives here> 5. to attain eternal life <though he die, yet shall he live — John 11:25 (Revised Standard Version)> 6. to conduct or pass one's life <lived only for his work> 7. to remain in human memory or record <the past lives in us all — W. R. Inge> 8. to have a life rich in experience 9. cohabit transitive verb 1. to pass through or spend the duration of <lived their lives alone> 2. act out, practice — often used with out <to live out their fantasies> 3. to exhibit vigor, gusto, or enthusiasm in <lived life to the fullest> 4. a. to experience firsthand <living a dream> b. to be thoroughly absorbed by or involved with <she lives her work> II. adjective Etymology: short for alive Date: 1542 1. a. having life ; living <a live lobster> b. existing in fact or reality ; actual <spoke to a real live celebrity> 2. exerting force or containing energy: as a. afire, glowing <live coals> b. connected to electric power c. charged with explosives and containing shot or a bullet <live ammunition>; also armed but not exploded <a live bomb> d. imparting or driven by power <a live axle> e. being in operation <a live microphone> 3. abounding with life ; vivid 4. being in a pure native state 5. of bright vivid color 6. of continuing or current interest <live issues> 7. a. not yet printed from or plated <live type> b. not yet typeset <live copy> 8. a. of or involving a presentation (as a play or concert) in which both the performers and an audience are physically present <a live record album> <a nightclub with live entertainment> b. broadcast directly at the time of production <a live radio program> 9. being in play <a live ball> III. adverb Date: 1946 at the actual time of occurrence ; during, from, or at a live production <the program was broadcast live>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.