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Language: Old English
Origin: on life 'in life'

alive

adjective
     
a‧live S2 W3 [not before noun]
1

not dead

still living and not dead:
It was a bad accident - they're lucky to be alive.
My grandparents are still alive.
We stayed alive by eating berries.
He was kept alive on a life-support machine.
Apparently he's alive and well and living in Brazil.
2

still existing

continuing to exist:
Ancient traditions are very much alive in rural areas.
Christianity is alive and well in Asia.
The sport is still very much alive and kicking in this country.
3

cheerful

full of energy, happiness, activity etc:
It was the kind of morning when you wake up and feel really alive.
alive with
Her face was alive with excitement.
The whole house was alive with activity.
4

come alive

a) if a subject or event comes alive, it becomes interesting and seems real:
Hopefully, we can make history come alive for the children.
b) if someone comes alive, they suddenly become happy and interested in what is happening:
She only came alive when she sat down at the piano.
c) if a town, city etc comes alive, it becomes busy:
seaside resorts that come alive in the summer
5

be alive to a fact/possibility/danger etc

to know that a particular fact etc exists and that it is important:
The company is alive to the threat posed by foreign imports.
6

be alive with something

to be full of living things that are moving:
The pond was alive with fish.
7

bring something alive

to make something interesting and real:
The way he describes his characters really brings them alive.

➔ skin somebody alive

at skin2 (3)

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