Meaning of survivor in English:


Pronunciation /səˈvʌɪvə/

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  • 1A person who survives, especially a person remaining alive after an event in which others have died.

    ‘he was the sole survivor of the massacre’
    • ‘Reporters went to Vietnam to interview survivors of the event who clearly corroborated official accounts.’
    • ‘‘It is the last opportunity to do this while survivors are still alive,’ he said.’
    • ‘There have been harrowing stories of some of the few survivors still alive.’
    • ‘In their own words, child survivors recount the horrific event and the desperate weeks that followed.’
    • ‘What was it like competing with fellow breast cancer survivors?’
    • ‘Two of her sisters are also breast cancer survivors and another had colorectal cancer.’
    • ‘The sole survivor of a plane crash in the Guatemalan jungle, she has lost much of her memory.’
    • ‘Workers take donations from people who want to help tsunami survivors in the affected countries.’
    • ‘The few survivors had clung to the vessel for more than two hours before fishing boats rescued them.’
    • ‘A schoolteacher yesterday gave up his Christmas holidays to help the survivors of the tsunami in Asia.’
    • ‘Around 70 percent of tsunami survivors still have psychological problems three months later, according to official figures.’
    • ‘Many burn survivors have reported the same behaviour.’
    • ‘One third of all stroke survivors experience aphasia, or impaired comprehension and speech.’
    • ‘Holocaust survivors also go through the normal, mundane routines of daily life.’
    • ‘He reminded the nation that he was the son of a holocaust survivor.’
    • ‘One survivor said the building came down in the blink of an eye.’
    • ‘She may be a lone survivor, but her sisters would have been exact replicas.’
    • ‘Therapy is beneficial for most survivors of disasters, especially if intervention is rapid.’
    • ‘The survivors of the disaster would never forget what they saw that night.’
    • ‘I think it's a great idea, and it honors the survivors of that horrible tragedy.’
    1. 1.1The remainder of a group of people or things.
      ‘a survivor from last year's team’
      • ‘Sure there are some rare survivors of the era, but how have they held up?’
      • ‘Wentworth Castle was designed as a trophy home, built for the decadence and frivolity of the Georgian days and the glasshouse is a rare survivor of these times.’
      • ‘A rare survivor from the Victorian age, the gardens have been returned to their heyday and are full of spectacular spring bulbs.’
      • ‘A rare survivor is the giant camera that still stands upon San Francisco's western cliffs.’
      • ‘The huge yacht house is a rare survivor of a virtually vanished building type.’
      residue, survivor, legacy, vestige, trace
    2. 1.2A person who copes well with difficulties in their life.
      ‘she is a born survivor’
      • ‘She's a born survivor, a walking miracle and something of a local celebrity, all at the tender age of just three.’
      • ‘He dismisses the influence of having to adjust to a new land and a new people might have had on him as a teenager and suddenly you understand he was born a survivor.’
      • ‘A social chameleon and born survivor, Sneath is there as events unfold and is around to tell the story later.’
    3. 1.3A person who has experienced abuse or cruel treatment, especially of a sexual or psychological nature.
      ‘survivors of sexual assault in the military say that many victims never report an incident’
      • ‘she hopes to teach other domestic abuse survivors how to rebuild their lives’
    4. 1.4Law A joint tenant who has the right to the whole estate on the other's death.
      ‘Property held under a joint tenancy rather than separately passes to the survivor on death.’
      • ‘That joint tenant subsequently died and the survivor claimed that there had been no valid severance in this instance.’
      • ‘This means that on the death of the first of you the survivor automatically becomes the owner of the whole property.’
      • ‘Under their wills, the house will pass to the survivor on the death of either of them.’
      • ‘It was agreed in the event of either death the estate of the deceased would pass to the survivor.’