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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: survivre 'to live longer than', from Latin supervivere, from vivere 'to live'

survive

verb
     
sur‧vive S2 W2
1 [intransitive and transitive] to continue to live after an accident, war, or illness:
Only 12 of the 140 passengers survived.
She survived the attack.
people who survive cancer
2 [intransitive and transitive] to continue to live normally in spite of many problems:
I'm sure she will survive this crisis.
I've had a tough few months, but I'll survive.
3 [intransitive] to manage to live a normal life even though you have very little money
survive on
I don't know how you all manage to survive on Jeremy's salary.
the amount that a family needs each week just to survive
4 [intransitive] to continue to exist after a long time:
A few pages of the original manuscript still survive.
survive from
Several buildings in the town have survived from medieval times.
survive into
an old custom which has survived into the twenty-first century
survive as
The main building was demolished, but the library still survives as a museum.
5 [intransitive and transitive] to continue to be successful:
The car industry cannot survive without government help.
A lot of smaller firms did not survive the recession.
6 [transitive] to live longer than someone else, usually someone closely related to you:
He is survived by his wife, Sue.

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