From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsurvivorsur‧vi‧vor /səˈvaɪvə $ sərˈvaɪvər/ ●●○AWL noun [countable]1SURVIVEsomeone who continues to live after an accident, war, or illnesssurvivor ofEmergency help is needed for survivors of the earthquake.She was the sole survivor (=only survivor) of the massacre.2SURVIVEsomeone who manages to live normally in spite of many problemsDon’t worry about Kurt; he’s a survivor.3someone who continues to live after other members of their family have diedShe was the last survivor of the family.4a company that continues to be successful in spite of many problemsThe company hopes to be one of the survivors of this recession.
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survivor• She had saved 146 survivors in all, from SouthernPrincess and from another ship as well.• Survivors of the accident were rushed to the nearesthospital.• As more is revealed, the audience begins to see Wendy as a survivor rather than a victim.• So far rescueworkers have found no sign of any survivors.• Although she's had an extremely hard life, Tina Turner is a bornsurvivor.• The Nguyen survivor, Nguyen Anh, had fled to the island with his Tayson foesbehind him.• There were no survivors among at least 261 people on board.• The next few days were filled with wirestoriesdetailing the search for possiblesurvivors.• Shakensurvivors milled about the lobbyawaitingword on when they could leave Cairo.• An eight-month-old babygirl was the solesurvivor of a car crash that killed both her parents.• Such survivors, after all, form by far the greatest proportion of patients with coronarydisease.• In 1984, the survivors were all females and although they laidcapsules, no embryoshatched.• Down below, the survivorsemerge from their cars, cough once or twice, then forget all about it.• Mention his name to these pre-warsurvivors and you hear a sound like soupsucked through clenchedteeth.sole survivor• The cast's sole survivor from the great Minstrel days says that's a shame.• I am the sole survivor of my family.• GeneralElectric is the sole survivor from the originalindex.• Bumboy not only won: it was more or less the sole survivor.• It is in this latterstyle that the sole survivor, 167 - has been restored for the Centenarycelebrations.• Stewart walked off with the look of one who was the sole survivor of a particularly nastyplane crash.• The sole survivor, Barry O'Shaughnessy, 19, was seriously ill in hospital last night.SurvivorSurvivora televisionprogramme in which people compete with each other to try to win a very large prize of money. They are sent to a place where there are no other people, and where they are given special jobs to do. Each week the people there vote on who will leave the competition. This programme has been very popular in the US since 2000, and it has been done again several times in several countries. Britain and Australia tried doing similar programmes, but they were not successful and the programme is no longer broadcast in those two countries.From Longman Business Dictionarysurvivorsur‧vi‧vor /səˈvaɪvəsərˈvaɪvər/ noun [countable]1someone or something that continues to exist through a difficult or dangerousperiod of timesurvivor ofInvestors think they are the likely survivors of this economic downturn.2formal people in your family who continue to live after you have diedGive burial instructions; this can save your survivors thousands of dollars.