short for viva voce
transitive verbtransitive verb vivas, transitive verb vivaing, transitive verb vivaed/ˈvʌɪvəd/ , transitive verb viva'd[with object]British
Subject (someone) to an oral examination.
- ‘facing them sat the youth who was being vivaed’
Long live! (used to express acclaim or support for a specified person or thing)‘“Viva Mexico!”’
- ‘He ended his speech with: ‘Sophiatown forever, viva Sophiatown’, which was greeted with enthusiastic nods by the crowd of around 60 people.’
A cry of the exclamation "Viva!" as a salute or cheer.
- ‘the vivas of the crowd greeted the ship as it returned to port’
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