Definition of Live on

1. Verb. Continue to live through hardship or adversity. "The business is going to live on "; "How long can a person last without food and water?"

Exact synonyms: Endure, Go, Hold Out, Hold Up, Last, Live, Survive
Entails: Be, Live
Related verbs: Be, Live, Exist, Live, Subsist, Survive
Specialized synonyms: Hold Up, Hold Water, Stand Up, Perennate, Live Out
Derivative terms: Endurance, Survival

Definition of Live on

1. Verb. (idiomatic transitive) To survive solely by consuming a certain thing. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic intransitive) To endure. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Live On

live by the sword, die by the sword
live down
live drop
live free or die
live in
live in poverty
live in sin
live it up
live large
live life to the fullest
live load
live loads
live oak
live off
live off the land
live on (current term)
live on the edge
live on top of one another
live one
live ones
live oral poliovirus vaccine
live out
live over
live pair
live paycheck to paycheck
live steam
live the dream
live up
live up to
live vaccine

Literary usage of Live on

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

1. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life by George Eliot (1873)
"I said, ' My dear, you don't know what it is to live on seven hundred a year, and have no carriage, and that kind of thing, and go among people who don't ..."

2. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"And I must yet live on Forlorn, and wretched of this utter woe ! 550 Thou, who wast still my glory day and night In royal Ilion, and through Troy the stay ..."

3. The Imperial Gazetteer of India by William Wilson Hunter (1885)
"(4) The Mros, 1844 in number, live on the Mf and on some streams to the south, and are looked upon as an inferior race. Formerly they used to construct a ..."

4. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1847)
"... live on th» Wabash river, WSW 500 miles, and number GOO. ... 'The Faia live on the S. side of Lake Superior, WNW 9UO miles — number 1000. ..."

5. The Native Races of the Pacific States of North America by Hubert Howe Bancroft, Henry Lebbeus Oak, T. Arundel Harcourt, Albert Goldschmidt, Walter Mulrea Fisher, William Nemos (1874)
"... live on the south fork of the Merced. Powers, in Overland Monthly, vol. x., ... The Wallies live on the Stanislaus and Tuolumne. ..."

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