I. adjective — [ predic.] 1. (of a person, animal, or plant) living, not dead • hopes of finding anyone still alive were fading
• he was kept alive by a feeding tube.
2. continuing in existence or use • keeping hope alive
• fortunately the old recipes are very much alive.
3. alert and active; animated • Ken comes alive when he hears his music played.
4. having interest and meaning • we hope we will make history come alive for the children.
5. ( alive to) — aware of and interested in; responsive to • she was always alive to new ideas.
6. ( alive with) — swarming or teeming with • in spring those cliffs are alive with auks and gulls.
II. phrases 1. alive and kicking
‹informal› prevalent and very active
• bigotry is still alive and kicking.
2. alive and well still existing or active (often used to deny rumours or beliefs that something has disappeared or declined) • the sports car industry is alive and well.
III. derivatives aliveness noun
– origin Old English on līfe, literally ‘in life’.