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Meaning & Definition of Survive in English





1. Continue to live through hardship or adversity

  • "We went without water and food for 3 days"
  • "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of america"
  • "The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents"
  • "How long can a person last without food and water?"
  • survive,
  • last,
  • live,
  • live on,
  • go,
  • endure,
  • hold up,
  • hold out

2. Continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)

  • "He survived the cancer against all odds"
  • survive,
  • pull through,
  • pull round,
  • come through,
  • make it

3. Support oneself

  • "He could barely exist on such a low wage"
  • "Can you live on $2000 a month in new york city?"
  • "Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day"
  • exist,
  • survive,
  • live,
  • subsist

4. Live longer than

  • "She outlived her husband by many years"
  • outlive,
  • outlast,
  • survive

Examples of using

We can survive without food... just not for too long.
We can't survive without food.
You're the only one to survive the attack.