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Meaning & Definition of Alive in English

English

Alive

/əlaɪv/

adjective

1. Possessing life

  • "The happiest person alive"
  • "The nerve is alive"
  • "Doctors are working hard to keep him alive"
  • "Burned alive"
  • "A live canary"
    synonym:
  • alive(p)
  • ,
  • live

2. (often followed by `with') full of life and spirit

  • "She was wonderfully alive for her age"
  • "A face alive with mischief"
    synonym:
  • alive(p)

3. Having life or vigor or spirit

  • "An animated and expressive face"
  • "Animated conversation"
  • "Became very animated when he heard the good news"
    synonym:
  • animated
  • ,
  • alive

4. (followed by `to' or `of') aware of

  • "Is alive to the moods of others"
    synonym:
  • alive(p)

5. In operation

  • "Keep hope alive"
  • "The tradition was still alive"
  • "An active tradition"
    synonym:
  • active
  • ,
  • alive(p)

6. Mentally perceptive and responsive

  • "An alert mind"
  • "Alert to the problems"
  • "Alive to what is going on"
  • "Awake to the dangers of her situation"
  • "Was now awake to the reality of his predicament"
    synonym:
  • alert
  • ,
  • alive(p)
  • ,
  • awake(p)

7. Capable of erupting

  • "A live volcano"
  • "The volcano is very much alive"
    synonym:
  • alive
  • ,
  • live

Examples of using

I don't know if he's still alive.
I don't know if he's alive or dead.
He's lucky to be alive.