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From Middle English alyvealivealife, from Old English on līfe (in life), equivalent to a- +‎ live.


  • (US) IPA(key)/əˈlaɪv/


alive (comparative more alivesuperlative most alive)

  1. Having life; living; not dead.
    As long as the plant is alive, he will continue to water it.
  2. In a state of action; in force or operation; existent
    to keep the fire alive
    to keep the affections alive
  3. Busy with activity of many living beings; swarming; thronged; busy.
    Although quite dull during the day, the main street comes alive at night, with many bars and clubs opening.
  4. Sprightly; lively; brisk.
  5. susceptible; easy to impress; having keen feelings, as opposed to apathy.
  6. (as an intensifier) out of all living creatures.
  7. (programming) Synonym of live
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