alive /əˈlʌɪv/

a

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’.

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