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Topic: PERFORMING

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: alive

live

2 adjective
     
live2 S3 W3
1

living

[only before noun] not dead or artificial [= living; ≠ dead]:
experiments on live animals
Protesters want to stop the export of live sheep and cattle.
the number of live births per 1,000 population
We were so excited to see real live elephants.
2TCB

tv/radio

a live television or radio programme is seen or heard on television or radio at the same time as it is actually happening [≠ prerecorded]:
a live radio phone-in show
There will be live TV coverage of tonight's big match.
3AP

music/theatre

a live performance is one in which the entertainer performs for people who are watching, rather than a film, record etc:
A lot of the bars have live music.
The band will be giving a live concert performance next week.
We'll be playing you a track from his new live album (= album that was recorded from a live performance).
It's always different when you perform in front of a live audience (=an audience watching a live performance).
4

electricity

TEE a wire or piece of equipment that is live has electricity flowing through it:
Be careful - those wires are live.
5

bombs

PMW a live bomb still has the power to explode because it has not been used:
They came across a field of live, unexploded mines.
6

bullets

live bullets are real ones that are made of metal and can kill people [≠ blank]:
Troops fired live ammunition to disperse the crowd.
7

issue

a live subject or problem is one that still interests or worries people:
Drink-driving is still very much a live issue.
8

live coals

pieces of coal that are burning:
She threw the paper onto the live coals.
9DF

yoghurt

live yoghurt contains bacteria that are still alive
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