Survive

sur·vive AW [survive survives survived surviving] BrE [səˈvaɪv]
NAmE [sərˈvaɪv]
verb
1. intransitive to continue to live or exist
She was the last surviving member of the family.
Of the six people injured in the crash, only two survived.
The children had to survive by begging and stealing.
(humorous) ‘How are you these days?’ ‘Oh, surviving.’
Don't worry, it's only a scratch— you'll survive.
~ from sth Some strange customs have survived from earlier times.
~ on sth I can't survive on £40 a week (= it is not enough for my basic needs).
They spent two months in the jungle, surviving on small animals and fruit.
~ as sth He survived as party leader until his second election defeat.
2. transitive to continue to live or exist despite a dangerous event or time
~ sth The company managed to survive the crisis.
Many birds didn't survive the severe winter.
~ sth + adj. Few buildings survived the war intact.
3. transitive ~ sb/sth to live or exist longer than sb/sth
Syn: outlive
She survived her husband by ten years.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
late Middle English: from Old French sourvivre, from Latin supervivere, from super- ‘in addition’ + vivere ‘live’.
Example Bank:
A young boy miraculously survived a 25 000-volt electric shock.
Companies need to keep to deadlines if they are to survive and thrive.
Doctors did not expect him to survive the night.
Four of their five chickens survived to adulthood.
He narrowly survived several assassination attempts.
I can just about survive on what I earn.
Lung cancer patients are lucky to survive for five years.
Many of these teachers are struggling to survive financially.
Nobody can survive long without water.
Once diagnosed with lung cancer, a patient is lucky to survive for five years.
Only one copy of the book still survives.
Seedlings survive better in stony soil.
She cannot hope to survive long in power.
She survived through two world wars.
The frescoes have survived remarkably well.
The islanders could barely survive without an export crop.
The original apple tree survived until 1911.
The prime minister narrowly survived a leadership challenge.
They survived on roots and berries.
Very few of the children survived into adult life.
Very little has survived from this period of history.
Will she survive as party leader?
poor people struggling to survive
the only surviving member of her family
I can't survive on £40 a week.
Many birds didn't survive the severe winter.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
v. t.1.To live beyond the life or existence of; to live longer than; to outlive; to outlast; as, to survive a person or an event.
[imp. & p. p. Survived ; p. pr. & vb. n. Surviving.]
I'll assure her of
Her widowhood, be it that she survive me,
In all my lands and leases whatsoever.
v. i.1.To remain alive; to continue to live.
Thy pleasure,
Which, when no other enemy survives,
Still conquers all the conquerors.
Alike are life and death,
When life in death survives.

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