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Dictionary Definition

alive adj
1 possessing life; "the happiest person alive"; "the nerve is alive"; "doctors are working hard to keep him alive"; "burned alive" [syn: alive(p)] [ant: dead]
2 (often followed by `with') full of life and spirit; "she was wonderfully alive for her age"; "a face alive with mischief" [syn: 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" [syn: animated] [ant: unanimated]
4 (followed by `to' or `of') aware of; "is alive to the moods of others" [syn: alive(p)]
5 in operation; "keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition" [syn: active, alive(p)]
6 (usually followed by `to') showing acute awareness; mentally perceptive; "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" [syn: alert, alive(p), awake(p)]
7 capable of erupting; "a live volcano"; "the volcano is very much alive" [syn: alive(p), live(a)]

User Contributed Dictionary



on live, on līfe; līfe, dative of līf


IPA: WEAE /ʌˈlaɪv/


  1. Having life, in opposition to dead; living; being in a state in which the organs perform their functions; as, an animal or a plant which is alive.
  2. In a state of action; in force or operation; unextinguished; unexpired; existent; as, to keep the fire alive; to keep the affections alive.
  3. Exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings; swarming; thronged.
    The Boyne, for a quarter of a mile, was alive with muskets and green boughs. --Macaulay.
  4. Sprightly; lively; brisk.
  5. Having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive.
    Tremblingly alive to nature's laws. --Falconer.
  6. As intensifier, of all living.
    Northumberland was the proudest man alive. --Clarendon.

Usage notes

  • As intensifier, used colloquially "man alive!", "sakes alive!".
  • Alive always follows the noun which it qualifies.



having life
in a state of action
exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings
sprightly, lively, brisk
having susceptibility
  • Marathi: जिवंतपणा असलेला/असलेली/असलेले/असलेल्या
of all living
  • Marathi: सर्व सजीव विषयक

Extensive Definition

Alive may refer to:



  • Alive (1993 film), a 1993 film directed by Frank Marshall based on the book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors.
  • Alive (2002 film), a 2002 Japanese horror film directed by Ryuhei Kitamura
  • Alive: 20 Years Later, 1993 documentary about the book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors and the Frank Marshall film.




alive in German: Alive
alive in French: Alive
alive in Japanese: アライヴ
alive in Norwegian: Alive
alive in Polish: Alive
alive in Finnish: Alive
alive in Swedish: Alive

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abounding, aboveground, active, activist, activistic, agile, alert, alive and kicking, alive to, alive with, among the living, animate, animated, apprehensive, around, astir, attentive, au courant, awake, aware of, bouncing, bouncy, breathing, breezy, bright, brisk, bristling, bubbly, bursting, bustling, buzzing, capable of life, chipper, clear-sighted, clear-witted, clearheaded, cognizant, cognizant of, conscious, conscious of, crawling, crowded, crowding, dynamic, ebullient, effervescent, eidetic, endowed with life, enduring, energetic, enlivened, existent, existing, filled, flush, fresh, frisky, full, full of go, full of life, full of pep, functioning, green, humming, in profusion, in the flesh, inspirited, instinct with life, intelligent, jam-packed, jammed, jumping, keen, kept in remembrance, knowing, lasting, lavish, live, lively, living, long-lived, lousy, mercurial, militant, nimble, on the, on the alert, on the ball, on the job, operative, overflowing, packed, peppy, perky, pert, populous, prodigal, profuse, proliferating, prolific, prompt, qui vive, quick, quick-witted, quicksilver, ready, recalled, recollected, remembered, replete, retained, rife, running, sensible, sensitive to, sentient, sharp, sleepless, smacking, smart, snappy, spanking, spirited, sprightly, spry, studded, superabundant, swarming, teeming, tenacious of life, thick, thick as hail, thick with, thick-coming, thronged, thronging, unblinking, unforgotten, unnodding, unsleeping, unwinking, verdant, very much alive, viable, vigilant, vigorous, vital, vivacious, vivid, vivified, wakeful, watchful, wide-awake, witting, working, zingy, zoetic
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