Definitions for: Alive


[adj] having life or vigor or spirit; "an animated and expressive face"; "animated conversation"; "became very animated when he heard the good news"



Webster (1913) Definition: A*live", a. [OE. on live, AS. on l[=i]fe in life;
l[=i]fe being dat. of l[=i]f life. See Life, and cf.
Live, a.]
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. --Richardson.

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.

Note: Used colloquially as an intensive; as, man alive!

Note: Alive always follows the noun which it qualifies.

Synonyms: animated, enlivened, full of life, lively, reanimated, revived, spirited, vital

Antonyms: unanimated

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