1 continue, last, live (on), persist, subsist, pull through, endure:
The village was destroyed, but its people survived.
2 outlast, outlive,:
At the age of 114, MacMurtagh has survived all his children and many of his grandchildren.
(used with another adverb or in the forms
The frescoes have survived remarkably well. Seedlings survive better in stony soil.
| barely, hardly
The islanders could barely survive without an export crop.
| just (about), narrowly
I can just about survive on what I earn. The prime minister narrowly survived a leadership challenge.
| (for) long
Nobody can survive long without water.
Only one copy of the book still survives.
A schoolboy miraculously survived a 25,000-volt electric shock.
VERB + SURVIVE
poor people struggling to survive
| be able to, can/could, manage to | expect (sb/sth) to
Doctors did not expect him to survive the night.
| hope to
She cannot hope to survive long in power.
| be likely/unlikely to | be lucky to
Once diagnosed with lung cancer, a patient is lucky to survive for five years.
| enable sb to, help sb (to)
Will she survive as party leader?
Very little has survived from this period of history.
Very few of the children survived into adult life.
They survived on roots and berries.
She survived through two world wars.
The original apple tree survived until 1911.
the only/sole surviving sb/sth
the only surviving member of her family
| survive intact/unscathed
Few buildings survived the war intact.
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