Definition of Alive

1. Adjective. Possessing life. "A live canary"

Exact synonyms: Live
Attributes: Animation, Vitality, Aliveness, Animation, Life, Living
Similar to: Liveborn, Viable, Vital
Also: Animate
Derivative terms: Aliveness, Liveness
Antonyms: Dead



2. Adjective. (often followed by 'with') full of life and spirit. "A face alive with mischief"
Similar to: Lively
Derivative terms: Aliveness

3. Adjective. Having life or vigor or spirit. "Became very animated when he heard the good news"
Exact synonyms: Animated
Similar to: Enlivened, Spirited, Full Of Life, Lively, Vital, Reanimated, Revived
Derivative terms: Aliveness
Antonyms: Unanimated

4. Adjective. (followed by 'to' or 'of') aware of. "Is alive to the moods of others"
Similar to: Sensitive
Derivative terms: Aliveness

5. Adjective. In operation. "An active tradition"
Exact synonyms: Active
Similar to: Existent, Existing
Derivative terms: Activeness, Activity, Aliveness

6. Adjective. Mentally perceptive and responsive. "Was now awake to the reality of his predicament"
Exact synonyms: Alert, Awake
Similar to: Aware, Cognisant, Cognizant
Derivative terms: Alertness, Aliveness

7. Adjective. Capable of erupting. "The volcano is very much alive"
Exact synonyms: Live
Similar to: Active

Definition of Alive

1. a. 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.

Definition of Alive

1. Adjective. 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. ¹

2. Adjective. In a state of action; in force or operation; unextinguished; unexpired; existent ¹

3. Adjective. Exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings; swarming; thronged. ¹

4. Adjective. Sprightly; lively; brisk. ¹

5. Adjective. Having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive. ¹

6. Adjective. As intensifier, of all living. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Alive

1. having life [adj]

Medical Definition of Alive

1. 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. Of all living (by way of emphasis). "Northumberland was the proudest man alive." (Clarendon) Used colloquially as an intensive; as, man alive! Alive always follows the noun which it qualifies. Origin: OE. On live, AS. On life in life; life being dat. Of lif life. See Life, and cf. Live. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Alive

alists
alit
alitame
aliter
aliteracies
aliteracy
aliterate
aliterate person
aliterates
alitretinoin
alitrunk
alitrunks
aliturgical
aliue
aliunde
alive (current term)
alive(p)
alive and kicking
aliveness
alivenesses
aliya
aliyah
aliyahs
aliyas
aliyos
aliyot
aliyoth
alizapride
alizari
alizarin

Literary usage of Alive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Lancet (1842)
"cing premature labour waa nut less striking, although the degree of distortion waa so great that a child of seven mouths could not be born alive. 1. ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1881)
"The child was a female, alive, and lived a little over a month. ... Child alive, male, back to abdomen, and in a kneeling position over the pelvis; ..."

3. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register by Henry Fritz-Gilbert Waters (1862)
"Bingley ; Thomas Caplin, for his Father, Thomas; Thomas Holbrook, alive; The Heirs of Thomas Bingley. BOXFORD—Stephen Peabody, for his Father, William; ..."

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