English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Old English , on live ( on līfe “ in life ”); , dative of līfe ( līf “ life ”)
Pronunciation [ edit ]
Adjective [ edit ]
alive ( comparative , more alive superlative ) most alive
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
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. -- Thomas Babington Macaulay.
Sprightly; lively; brisk. Having
susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive.
alive to nature's laws. -- William Falconer. As intensifier, of all living.
Northumberland was the proudest man
alive. -- Edward Hyde Clarendon.
Usage notes [ edit ]
As intensifier, used colloquially "
man alive!", " sakes alive!". Alive always follows the noun which it qualifies.
Antonyms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
حي ( (ar) ḥayy)
عايش ( m ʕaayesh), حي ( m ḥai) Armenian:
( կենդանի kendani), ( ողջ ołǰ), ( colloquial, dialectal ) ( սաղ sał) Aromanian:
, viu yiu Azeri:
canlı (az) Belarusian:
( жывы žyvy) Bengali:
( জীবন্ত jibôntô) Bulgarian:
жив ( (bg) živ) Catalan:
viu (ca) m Chinese:
活著 , (zh) 活着 ( (zh) huó-zhe) Czech:
živý (cs) m Dutch:
levend (nl) Estonian:
elävä (fi) French:
vivant (fr) Friulian:
vivo (gl) Georgian:
( ცოცხალი c’oc’xali) German:
lebendig (de) Hindi:
( जीवित jīvit), ( सजीव sajīv), ( ज़िंदा zindā), ( जीता jītā) Hungarian:
, életben lévő élő (hu) Irish:
beo (ga) Italian:
vivo (it) m Japanese:
生きている ( (ja) ikite iru) ( verb ) Korean:
살아있는 ( (ko) saraitneun) Kurdish:
( زندو zindu) Latgalian:
vīvus (la) Latvian:
exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings
Marathi: जिवंतपणा असलेला/असलेली/असलेले/असलेल्या
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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