alive: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-līv'), [key]
— adj.
  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. live (def. 17).
  7. alert or sensitive to; aware of: City planners are alive to the necessity of revitalizing deteriorating neighborhoods.
  8. filled with living things; swarming; teeming: The room was alive with mosquitoes.
  9. pay attention! move quickly!: Look alive! We haven't got all day.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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