AskDefine | Define survive

Dictionary Definition



1 continue to live; endure or last; "We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The racecar driver lived through several very serious accidents" [syn: 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" [syn: pull through, pull round, come through, make it] [ant: succumb]
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" [syn: exist, live, subsist]
4 live longer than; "She outlived her husband by many years" [syn: outlive, outlast]

User Contributed Dictionary



From sur-, "above, over" + vive, "life, live"; overlive.



  1. Of a person, to continue to live; to remain alive.
  2. Of an object or concept, to continue to exist.
  3. To live longer than.
    He was survived by his spouse and three children.



person: continue to live
object, concept: continue to exist
live longer than



Extensive Definition

Survive can refer to:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abide, be left, be spared, bide, bounce back, carry on, carry through, cheat death, come around, come back, come round, come through, come to, come up smiling, continue, continue to be, cope, defeat time, defy time, dwell, eke out, endure, exist, extend, get about, get along, get by, get on, get over, get well, go on, go on with, hang in, hang on, hang tough, hold, hold on, hold out, keep, keep afloat, keep alive, keep at it, keep on, last, last long, last out, live, live down, live on, live through, maintain, make a comeback, make ends meet, make it, make out, manage, never say die, outlast, outlive, outwear, perdure, perennate, persevere, persist, prevail, pull round, pull through, rally, recover, remain, rest, revive, ride out, run, run on, scrape along, see it through, stand, stay, stay on, stick it out, stick to it, subsist, support life, sustain, tarry, tide over, wear, wear well, weather the storm
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