|Origin:||survivre 'to live longer than', from Latin supervivere, from vivere 'to live'|
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.
to manage to live a normal life even though you have very little money
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
to continue to exist after a long time:
A few pages of the original manuscript still survive.
Several buildings in the town have survived from medieval times.
an old custom which has survived into the twenty-first century
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.
to live longer than someone else, usually someone closely related to you:
He is survived by his wife, Sue.