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Definition 1: support oneself - [verb of stative]

Samples where survive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for survive in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of survive ) be alive

"Every creature that breathes"

(... is a kind of survive ) live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely

"My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school"

(survive has a similar meaning as ...) continue to live and avoid dying

"We went without water and food for 3 days" "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America" "The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents" "how long can a person last without food and water?" "One crash victim died, the other lived"

Definition 2: continue to live and avoid dying - [verb of stative]

Samples where survive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We went without water and food for 3 days
  • These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America
  • The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents
  • how long can a person last without food and water?
  • One crash victim died, the other lived

Synonyms for survive in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of survive ) resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.

"Her shoes won't hold up" "This theory won't hold water"

(... is a kind of survive ) survive from season to season, of plants

(... is a kind of survive ) live out one's life; live to the end

(survive has a similar meaning as ...) have life, be alive

"Our great leader is no more" "My grandfather lived until the end of war"

(survive has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 3: continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.) - [verb of stative]

Samples where survive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He survived the cancer against all odds

Synonyms for survive in the sense of this definition

(survive is a kind of ...) win a victory over

"You must overcome all difficulties" "defeat your enemies" "He overcame his shyness" "He overcame his infirmity" "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"

(survive implies ...) get over an illness or shock

"The patient is recuperating"

Definition 4: live longer than - [verb of stative]

Samples where survive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She outlived her husband by many years

Synonyms for survive in the sense of this definition

(survive implies ...) have life, be alive

"Our great leader is no more" "My grandfather lived until the end of war"

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