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Origin and Meaning of Live

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Live
  1. To be alive; to have life; to have, as an animal or a plant, the capacity of assimilating matter as food, and to be dependent on such assimilation for a continuance of existence; as, animals and plants that live to a great age are long in reaching maturity."Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will . . . lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live." [Ezek. xxxvii. 5, 6.]
  2. To pass one's time; to pass life or time in a certain manner, as to habits, conduct, or circumstances; as, to live in ease or affluence; to live happily or usefully. "O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that liveth at rest in his possessions!" [Ecclus. xli. 1. ]
  3. To make one's abiding place or home; to abide; to dwell; to reside; as, to live in a cottage by the sea."Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years." [Gen. xlvii. 28.]
  4. To be or continue in existence; to exist; to remain; to be permanent; to last; -- said of inanimate objects, ideas, etc."Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues We write in water." [Shak.]
  5. To enjoy or make the most of life; to be in a state of happiness; as, people want not just to exist, but to live ."What greater curse could envious fortune give Than just to die when I began to live?" [Dryden.]
  6. To feed; to subsist; to be nourished or supported; -- with on; as, horses live on grass and grain.
  7. To have a spiritual existence; to be quickened, nourished, and actuated by divine influence or faith."The just shall live by faith." [Gal. iii. ll.]
  8. To be maintained in life; to acquire a livelihood; to subsist; -- with on or by; as, to live on spoils."Those who live by labor." [Sir W. Temple.]
  9. To outlast danger; to float; -- said of a ship, boat, etc.; as, no ship could live in such a storm."A strong mast that lived upon the sea." [Shak.]

Etymology: OE. liven livien, AS. libban lifian; akin to OS. libbian, D. leven, G. leben, OHG. lebēn, Dan. leve, Sw. lefva, Icel. lifa to live, to be left, to remain, Goth. liban to live; akin to E. leave to forsake, and life, Gr. liparei^n to persist, liparo`s oily, shining, sleek, li`pos fat, lard, Skr. lip to anoint, smear; -- the first sense prob. was, to cleave to, stick to; hence, to remain, stay; and hence, to live.]

verb Live
  1. To spend, as one's life; to pass; to maintain; to continue in, constantly or habitually; as, to live an idle or a useful life.
  2. To act habitually in conformity with; to practice."To live the Gospel." [Foxe.]
adjective Live
  1. Having life; alive; living; not dead."If one man's ox hurt another's, that he die; then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of it." [Ex. xxi. 35.]
  2. Being in a state of ignition; burning; having active properties; as, a live coal; live embers. "The liveether." [Thomson.]
  3. Full of earnestness; active; wide awake; glowing; as, a live man, or orator.
  4. Vivid; bright."The livecarnation." [Thomson.]
  5. [Engin] Imparting power; having motion; as, the live spindle of a lathe; live steam.
  6. [Elec] Connected to a voltage source; as, a live wire.
  7. [Broadcasting] Being transmitted instantaneously, as events occur, in contrast to recorded.
  8. [Sport] Still in active play; -- of a ball being used in a game; as, a live ball.
  9. Pertaining to an entertainment event which was performed (and possibly recorded) in front of an audience; contrasted to performances recorded in a studio without an audience.

Etymology: Abbreviated from alive. See Alive Life

noun Live
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  1. Have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations ("I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict", "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare", and "I lived through two divorces")
  2. Have life, be alive ("My grandfather lived until the end of war")
  3. Lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style ("we had to live frugally after the war")
  4. Pursue a positive and satisfying existence ("You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live")
  5. Support oneself ("Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?")
  6. Continue to live and avoid dying ("The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents" and "One crash victim died, the other lived")
  7. Be an inhabitant of or reside in ("People lived in Africa millions of years ago")
  8. Capable of erupting ("a live volcano" and "the volcano is very much alive")
  9. Possessing life ("the happiest person alive", "the nerve is alive", "doctors are working hard to keep him alive", "burned alive", and "a live canary")
  10. Exerting force or containing energy ("live coals", "tossed a live cigarette out the window", "got a shock from a live wire", "live ore is unmined ore", "a live bomb", and "a live ball is one in play")
  11. Charged or energized with electricity ("a live wire")
  12. Of current relevance ("a live issue" and "still a live option")
  13. In current use or ready for use ("live copy is ready to be set in type or already set but not yet proofread")
  14. Abounding with life and energy ("the club members are a really live bunch")
  15. Elastic; rebounds readily ("a lively tennis ball")
  16. Actually being performed at the time of hearing or viewing ("a live television program", "brought to you live from Lincoln Center", and "live entertainment involves performers actually in the physical presence of a live audience")
  17. Charged with an explosive ("live ammunition" and "a live bomb")
  18. Highly reverberant ("a live concert hall")
  19. Not recorded ("the opera was broadcast live")

From Middle English liven, from Old English libban, lifian (“to live”), from Proto-Germanic *libjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *leyp- (“leave, cling, linger”). Cognate with West Frisian libje, Old Saxon libbian, (German Low German lęven (“to live”)), Dutch leven, Old High German lebēn (German leben), Old Norse lifa (Swedish leva), Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌱𐌰𐌽 (liban).

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live was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Esperanto, Finnish, German, Italian, and Latin

Notable Persons Named Live

Live Maria Roggen is a jazz musician. She plays Violin and Vocals. Live was born on March 22nd, 1970 in Oslo.


Live Oak Taylor was an athlete. Live was born on February 3rd, 1851 in Belfast, Maine. Live is also known as Taylor and George Edward. He died on February 19th, 1888.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Live

Amp Live is an alternative hip hop record producer and disc jockey. He was most active from 2005 to present. Amp was born in Texas.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Live U.S.
  White 14.84% 64.26%
  African American 17.19% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 8.59% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 56.25% 16.26%

Of Last Name Live

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Fun Facts about the name Live

  • How Popular is the name Live? As a last name Live was the 132,206th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Live first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Live is Monday, May 24th, 1880.
  • How unique is the name Live? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Live. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Live: Your name in reverse order is Evil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eliv. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Live? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 128 people with the last name Live.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Live? Live is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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