1. possessing life;
- Example: "the happiest person alive"
- Example: "the nerve is alive"
- Example: "doctors are working hard to keep him alive"
- Example: "burned alive"
- Example: "a live canary"
[syn: alive(p), live]
2. (often followed by `with') full of life and spirit;
- Example: "she was wonderfully alive for her age"
- Example: "a face alive with mischief"
3. having life or vigor or spirit;
- Example: "an animated and expressive face"
- Example: "animated conversation"
- Example: "became very animated when he heard the good news"
[syn: animated, alive]
4. (followed by `to' or `of') aware of;
- Example: "is alive to the moods of others"
5. in operation;
- Example: "keep hope alive"
- Example: "the tradition was still alive"
- Example: "an active tradition"
[syn: active, alive(p)]
6. mentally perceptive and responsive;"an alert mind";
- Example: "alert to the problems"
- Example: "alive to what is going on"
- Example: "awake to the dangers of her situation"
- Example: "was now awake to the reality of his predicament"
[syn: alert, alive(p), awake(p)]
7. capable of erupting;
- Example: "a live volcano"
- Example: "the volcano is very much alive"
[syn: alive, live]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Alive \A*live"\, a. [OE. on live, AS. on l[imac]fe in life; l[imac]fe being dat. of l[imac]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. [1913 Webster] 2. In a state of action; in force or operation; unextinguished; unexpired; existent; as, to keep the fire alive; to keep the affections alive. [1913 Webster] 3. Exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings; swarming; thronged. [1913 Webster] The Boyne, for a quarter of a mile, was alive with muskets and green boughs. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 4. Sprightly; lively; brisk. --Richardson. [1913 Webster] 5. Having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive. [1913 Webster] Tremblingly alive to nature's laws. --Falconer. [1913 Webster] 6. Of all living (by way of emphasis). [1913 Webster] Northumberland was the proudest man alive. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster] Note: Used colloquially as an intensive; as, man alive! [1913 Webster] Note: Alive always follows the noun which it qualifies. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
157 Moby Thesaurus words for "alive": abounding, aboveground, active, activist, activistic, agile, alert, alive and kicking, alive to, alive with, among the living, animate, animated, apprehensive, around, astir, attentive, au courant, awake, aware of, bouncing, bouncy, breathing, breezy, bright, brisk, bristling, bubbly, bursting, bustling, buzzing, capable of life, chipper, clear-sighted, clear-witted, clearheaded, cognizant, cognizant of, conscious, conscious of, crawling, crowded, crowding, dynamic, ebullient, effervescent, eidetic, endowed with life, enduring, energetic, enlivened, existent, existing, filled, flush, fresh, frisky, full, full of go, full of life, full of pep, functioning, green, humming, in profusion, in the flesh, inspirited, instinct with life, intelligent, jam-packed, jammed, jumping, keen, kept in remembrance, knowing, lasting, lavish, live, lively, living, long-lived, lousy, mercurial, militant, nimble, on the, on the alert, on the ball, on the job, operative, overflowing, packed, peppy, perky, pert, populous, prodigal, profuse, proliferating, prolific, prompt, qui vive, quick, quick-witted, quicksilver, ready, recalled, recollected, remembered, replete, retained, rife, running, sensible, sensitive to, sentient, sharp, sleepless, smacking, smart, snappy, spanking, spirited, sprightly, spry, studded, superabundant, swarming, teeming, tenacious of life, thick, thick as hail, thick with, thick-coming, thronged, thronging, unblinking, unforgotten, unnodding, unsleeping, unwinking, verdant, very much alive, viable, vigilant, vigorous, vital, vivacious, vivid, vivified, wakeful, watchful, wide-awake, witting, working, zingy, zoetic