(1)   Capable of erupting
"A live volcano"
"The volcano is very much alive"
(2)   Having life or vigor or spirit
"An animated and expressive face"
"Animated conversation"
"Became very animated when he heard the good news"


, ; , dative of


  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.
  2. In a state of action; in force or operation; unextinguished; unexpired; existent
    to keep the fire alive; to keep the affections alive.
  3. Exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings; swarming; thronged.
    The Boyne, for a quarter of a mile, was alive with muskets and green boughs. -- Thomas Babington Macaulay.
  4. Sprightly; lively; brisk.
  5. Having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive.
    Tremblingly alive to nature's laws. -- William Falconer.
  6. As intensifier, of all living.
    Northumberland was the proudest man alive. --Edward Hyde Clarendon.

Usage notes

  • As intensifier, used colloquially "man alive!", "sakes alive!".
  • Alive always follows the noun which it qualifies.