Adjective "alive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person, animal, or plant) living, not dead.
  1. 'he was kept alive by a feeding tube'
  2. '‘His horses are alive and beautiful because they were in his soul,’ he once wrote.'
  3. 'I'd be happier if my house were still intact, my pictures of my kids and the rest of my belongings were safe, and my cat were still alive.'
  4. 'A look at the distribution of the major groups of plants and animals alive today is instructive.'
  5. 'I like to be reminded of the spring miracle, especially in the depth of winter, when the vibrantly alive trees look so dead.'
  6. 'When the creature was alive, 94 million years ago, the area of the Sahara where its remains were found was very different from the way it appears now.'
  7. 'It cannot be determined, however, whether those animals were alive or dead at the time of the bite.'
  8. 'The dogs were still alive, and looked to be in their prime.'
  9. 'There are thousands of animals and plants alive today that are no different from the way they appear in the fossil record!'
  10. 'Now, Mr. Gibbons' position is that all of those fossil species were alive at the same time on this planet.'
  11. 'A police spokesman said: ‘The news that his dog was alive and had come home seems to have made all the difference.’'
  12. 'fortunately the old recipes are very much alive'
  13. 'He also hopes shoppers will keep Cheam alive by supporting the local economy in the face of growing development.'
  14. 'Our forces do indeed continue to keep alive the flames of freedom in the world.'
  15. 'By attacking Russia, he realigned the board so that France could expect greater benefits from keeping Italy alive than from continuing the alliance with Germany.'
  16. 'The cultural text remains alive and continues to speak in a discourse of oppression.'
  17. 'Argentina also had a policy of encouraging settlers and descendants of Welsh emigrants to Patagonia continue to keep alive Welsh culture there to this day.'
  18. 'And embodied in all of this, central to all of this, is a tradition that you keep alive, that you continue, that you believe in - the hunt.'
  19. 'Teams want to help keep Joel's memory alive by continuing his work, and the response really has been something else.'
  20. 'As we grow and numbers increase it's going to be a big challenge to keep this alive especially across continents.'
  21. 'Head of the Agriculture society, Wendy Lee Yuen said it was imperative that the sugar industry continues to say alive in a globalised world.'
  22. 'When that happens, keep hope alive by continuing to expect the best - even if it doesn't pan out.'
Alert and active; animated.
  1. 'Coetzee has obviously immersed himself in his adoptive hometown, and the city comes alive in all its banal, suburban Australianness.'
  2. 'The director used to say, ‘Oh God, the minute she gets that gun, she comes alive.’'
  3. 'The river is where much of Southeast Asia comes alive, so expect to see children frolicking, men cormorant fishing and women washing and cooking in the shallows.'
  4. 'One actor in this film never comes alive, and the other seems too agonised and solemn for the role.'
  5. 'Seconds later the Ballyduff support really came alive as Jack Kennedy put his side into the lead for the first time.'
  6. 'He can appear distant, but show him a beautifully made shoe and he comes alive.'
  7. 'Now, they have come alive, taken on familial roles and line up to fondle 20-day-old Mose.'
  8. 'Billy comes alive and is able to relate meaningfully to others outside the town, in the surroundings of the moors and the sky.'
  9. 'On such a stark platform, it isn't until half a dozen songs in that the band really comes alive.'
  10. 'Ken comes alive in a theatre situation, and his wit and intelligence are a refreshing change to the mundane stand-up acts as he makes you see life through new eyes.'
  11. 'we hope we will make history come alive for the children'
  12. 'And then you're writing, and after that it's just a matter of putting the words down in a way that makes the story come alive for someone else.'
  13. 'The weaving in her hands comes alive, binding into everything, coiling into the souls of men, tying the whole picture together.'
  14. 'A wide range of subjects come alive on the canvas exhibited here.'
  15. 'Comedy only comes alive when it's performed so this was my apprenticeship.'
  16. 'Thanks to superior recording, the event comes alive in all its majesty, although watching such a performance on the TV is never the same as the real thing.'
  17. 'Wildlife comes alive in the paintings of S. Vadivel.'
  18. 'The idea is that history should come alive for the pupils rather than them merely seeing or being told about things that happened from books.'
  19. 'It's the kind of thing you read in those psychology textbooks and it comes alive for you, doesn't it?'
  20. 'It is a gifted novelist, indeed, who can make ordinary events come alive, and who can interest the reader in ordinary, even dull, characters.'
  21. 'In a rural ambience, the games come alive again.'
Aware of and interested in; responsive to.
  1. 'It is because of this style that the young boy Maqbool easily comes alive to us.'
  2. 'Her addiction, she says, is studying people, alive to the way they look and move, wondering how she would paint them.'
  3. 'He has brought the saga alive to visitors and locals alike.'
  4. 'This is an important work: very well researched, reflective, sharp in judgment yet alive to complexity.'
  5. 'Because of their slight outsiderishness they are alive to the social nuances in the American atmosphere.'
  6. 'In your language, in your thought, be alive to the form of things.'
  7. 'The respondent must have been alive to the possibility that a cyclist could come along.'
  8. 'In foreign affairs we have pursued our national interest robustly while remaining alive to the needs and interests of others.'
  9. 'At times he sounds like the great EB White, a gentle man consumed with the plight of the world but alive to the simple pleasures.'
  10. 'He was socially conscious in every sense, alive to the possibilities of celebrating what he found.'
Swarming or teeming with.
  1. 'Few places are so alive with children smiling, laughing and throwing up in giant rotating teacups.'
  2. 'In the sunlight, the steel surface comes alive with reflections, picking up the green of the surrounding grass.'
  3. 'The village was alive with colour and music - which continued into the early hours.'
  4. 'Obscure slices of history and allegories abound and every spot comes alive with some parable or other.'
  5. 'The massive bronze doors are alive with figures representing almost every facet of human experience and emotion.'
  6. 'This is a beautiful album and interesting concept, alive with energy and cultural diversity.'
  7. 'In many homes today kitchens and bathrooms are alive with chrome and stainless steel accessories.'
  8. 'Only a person who has recently moved could have an office not fully furnished but alive with an air of enthusiasm.'
  9. 'Shop windows are alive with colourful summer clothing and the summer holidays will be with us sooner than we can imagine.'
  10. 'At almost any time of the day, a casual stroll through these public areas will reveal them to be alive with activity.'


1. having life; living; existing; not dead or lifeless.

2. living (used for emphasis): the proudest man alive.

3. in a state of action; in force or operation; active: to keep hope alive.

4. full of energy and spirit; lively: Grandmother's more alive than most of her contemporaries.

5. having the quality of life; vivid; vibrant: The room was alive with color.

6. Electricity. live2 (def 17). Idioms

7. alive to, alert or sensitive to; aware of: City planners are a

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be alive in/at/on todays."

"people can be alive to opportunities."

"hills can be alive with sounds."

"remembrances can be alive in dates."

"places can be alive amid costs."

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Old English on līfe, literally ‘in life’.


alive and kicking
alive and well