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if you live in a place, you have your home there
in a place/home[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
live in/at/near etc
They lived in Holland for ten years.
He lives just across the street from me.
We live only a few miles from the coast.
A rather odd family came to live next door to us.
As soon as I saw the place, I knew I didn't want to live there.
Does Paul still live here?
We're still looking for somewhere to live.
They've finally found a place to live.
My grandmother came to live with us when I was ten.
Most seventeen-year-olds still live at home (=live with their parents).
I'm quite happy living alone.
The house has 3,600 square feet of living space (=the areas of a house you live in).
the number of young people living rough (=living outside because they have no home) British English
a plant or animal that lives in a particular place grows there or has its home there
plant/animal[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
live in/on etc
These particular birds live on only one island in the Pacific.
if you live at a particular time, you are alive then
at a particular time[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
He lived in the eighteenth century.
She lived at a time when women were not expected to work.
Gladstone lived during a period of great social change.
the best/greatest etc that/who ever lived (=the best, greatest etc who has been alive at any time)
He's probably the best journalist who ever lived.
to be alive or be able to stay alive:
Without light, plants couldn't live.
He is extremely ill and not expected to live.
The baby only lived a few hours.
People on average are living much longer than before.
I'll never forget this for as long as I live.
live to (be) 80/90 etc/live to the age of 80/90 etc
My grandmother lived to 85.
She lived to the age of 79.
have two weeks/six months etc to live
He knows he's only got a few months to live.
He did not live to see (=live long enough to see) the realization of his dream.
to have a particular type of life, or live in a particular way
way of life[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]
live in peace/poverty etc
The people in this country just want to live in peace.
People should not live in fear of crime.
We live in hope that a cure will be found.
live peacefully/quietly/happily etc
The two communities live peacefully alongside each other.
She thought that she would get married and live happily ever after (=like in a children's story).
Some people like to live dangerously.
Most elderly people prefer to live independently if they can.
They earn enough money to live well (=have plenty of food, clothes etc).
I just want to live my life in my own way.
He's not well enough to live a normal life.
live a quiet/active/healthy life
She lives a very busy life.
He had chosen to live the life of a monk.
She's now in Hollywood living a life of luxury.
I have always tried to live by my faith (=according to my religion).
We struggle on, living from day to day (=trying to find enough money each day to buy food etc).
He was tired of living out of a suitcase (=spending a lot of time travelling).
the way that someone lives is the way that they earn money to buy food etc:
earn a living[intransitive]
Fishing is the way their families have lived for generations.
live by doing something
They live by hunting and killing deer.
to have an exciting life:
She wanted to get out and live a little.
We're beginning to live at last!
to imagine that things are happening to you
imagine something[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
He lives in a fantasy world.
She lived through her children's lives.
You must stop living in the past (=imagining that things from the past are still happening).
the place where something lives is the place where it is kept:
be kept somewhere[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] British English informal
Where do these cups live?
Those big dishes live in the cupboard next to the fridge.
if an idea lives, it continues to exist and influence people:
still exist/have influence[intransitive]
Democracy still lives!
His name will live forever.
That day will always live in my memory.
the part of a building where people live, especially a building that is used by many people or is used for several different purposes:
the White House living quarters
the money you need to spend in order to live, for example on food or a house:
His tuition is paid, but he'll work to cover his living expenses.
the way someone organizes how and where they will live:
Her mother disapproved of the living arrangements, saying that two girls living with four boys was bound to cause problems.
to do things that you enjoy and spend a lot of money:
Sam was living it up in London.
to get money by being clever or dishonest, and not by doing an ordinary job
to pretend all the time that you feel or believe something when actually you do not feel that way:
I knew that I could not continue to live a lie.
to be still alive after the time that you were expected to die:
She's been living on borrowed time for the last year.
if people live in sin, they live together and have a sexual relationship without being married [↪ live together]
to enjoy doing something so much that you spend most of your time on it:
Politics is the stuff I live and breathe.
used to say that you have just learned something that you did not know before
used to say that you should accept other people's behaviour, even if it seems strange
used to say that someone's life will be boring if they do not do a particular exciting thing:
You haven't lived until you've tasted champagne.
used to say that someone will wish that they had not done something:
If you marry him, you'll live to regret it.
to continue to live or work after a failure or after you have dealt with a difficult situation:
Hopefully, the company will live to fight another day.
to enjoy doing a lot of different things:
She believes in living life to the full.
used to say that someone has a nice life because they have a lot of money and buy expensive things - often used to show disapproval
to have only just enough money to buy food:
We lived from hand to mouth, never knowing where the next meal was coming from.
used as an expression of loyal support for a person
used to say that you hope something continues to exist for a long time:
Long live free education!
live something ↔ downphrasal verb
She'll never live that down!
live for somethingphrasal verb
He lived for his art.
She had nothing left to live for.
She lives for the day when she can have a house of her own.
live inphrasal verb
Sometimes it can be easier if you have a nanny who lives in.
live off somebody/somethingphrasal verb
Mom used to live off the interest from her savings.
Dad lost his job and we had to live off welfare.
Most people in the countryside live off the land (=live by growing or finding their own food).
live onphrasal verb
if something lives on, it continues to exist:
Alice's memory will live on.
to have a particular amount of money to buy food and other necessary things:
I don't know how they manage to live on £55 a week.
the number of families who live on benefits
to eat a lot of a particular type of food:
live on something
They live on bread and potatoes.
He practically lives on fish and chips!
live outphrasal verb
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if someone lives out, they do not live in the place where they work:
Most home helps prefer to live out.
to experience or do something that you have planned or hoped for [= fulfil, realize]:
The money enabled them to live out their dreams.
to continue to live in a particular way or place until you die:
He lived out his life in solitude.
live through somethingphrasal verb
the generation that lived through the Second World War
It was hard to describe the nightmare she had lived through.
live togetherphrasal verb
They lived together for two years before they got married.
live up to somethingphrasal verb
The bank is insolvent and will be unable to live up to its obligations.
The film has certainly lived up to my expectations.
live with somebody/somethingphrasal verb
to accept a difficult situation that is likely to continue for a long time [= put up with, tolerate]:
You have to learn to live with stress.
He has lived with his illness for most of his life.
to live in the same house as someone and have a sexual relationship with them without being married [↪ live together]:
She's living with her boyfriend now.
if something lives with you, it stays in your mind:
That episode has lived with me all my life.