1 living, breathing, animate, viable, existent; material, physical, tangible, real, actual, palpable:
She said she'd rather be a live beggar than a dead countess. My cat brought me a live mouse into the house the other day
2 energetic, lively, spirited, vigorous, active, dynamic, busy; current, contemporary:
Our new advertising agency seems to have some live ideas. The other party made nuclear disarmament a live issue in the election
3 burning, glowing, flaming, alight, red-hot, white-hot:
A live coal popped out of the grate onto the carpet.
4 loaded, explosive, unexploded, combustible:
Builders have dug up a live bomb in London.
5 charged, electrified:
Don't touch a live wire or you'll get a shock.
6 breathe, exist; function:
There has never lived a more gifted scholar. She lives as a recluse.
7 survive, persist, last, persevere, endure; spend, continue, live out, complete, end, conclude, finish:
He lived out his days happily in Torquay.
8 reside, dwell, be; abide, stay, remain, lodge, room:
He normally lives in Acton, but at the moment he's living with his mother in Kent
9 subsist, get along, survive, fare:
Many old-age pensioners complain that they have barely enough to live on.