1 [no object] remain alive:the doctors said she had only six months to liveboth cats lived to a ripe age
[with adverbial] be alive at a specified time:he lived four centuries ago
[with adverbial] spend one’s life in a particular way or under particular circumstances:people are living in fear in the wake of the shootings [with object and adverbial]:he was living a life of luxury in Australia
(live in (or out)) (of an employee or student) reside at (or away from) the place where one works or studies:the development is designed to provide extra accommodation for undergraduates to enable all 400 to live in
supply oneself with the means of subsistence:they live by hunting and fishing
(live through) survive (an unpleasant experience or period):both men lived through the Depression
survive in someone’s mind; be remembered:only the name lived on
have an exciting or fulfilling life:he couldn’t wait to get out of school and really start living
(live for) regard as the purpose or most important aspect of one’s life:Tony lived for his painting
archaic (of a ship) escape destruction; remain afloat.
2 [no object, with adverbial] make one’s home in a particular place or with a particular person:I’ve lived in the East End all my lifethey lived with his grandparents
informal (of an object) be kept in a particular place:I told her where the coffee lived and went back to sleep
as I live and breathe
used to express surprise at encountering someone or something:good God, Jack Stone, as I live and breathe!