Synonyms of alive in English:


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See Spanish definition of vivo


1‘he was last seen alive on Boxing Day’

living, live, having life, not dead
breathing, moving
vital, vigorous, flourishing, dynamic, energetic, functioning
animate, organic, biological, sentient
existing, existent
informal in the land of the living, among the living, alive and kicking
archaic quick

dead, extinct, inanimate

2‘the synagogue has kept the Jewish faith alive throughout the centuries’

active, existing, in existence, existent, extant, functioning, in operation, ongoing, going on, continuing, surviving, persisting, remaining, abiding
prevalent, current, contemporary, present
informal on the map, on the agenda

inactive, obsolete

3‘the thrills of life that kept him really alive’

animated, lively, full of life, alert, active, energetic, vigorous, spry, sprightly, vital, vibrant, vivacious, buoyant, exuberant, ebullient, zestful, spirited, enthusiastic, eager, bouncy, bubbly, perky, sparkling
informal full of beans, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, bright and breezy, sparky, chirpy, chipper, peppy, full of vim and vigour, going strong, still going strong
North American informal peart

lethargic, lifeless

4‘teachers need to be alive to cultural differences between their pupils' backgrounds’

alert to, awake to, aware of, sensitive to, conscious of, mindful of, heedful of, watchful of, responsive to
familiar with, cognizant of, apprised of, sensible of
informal wise to, hip to

unaware, blind

5‘the place was probably alive with mice’

teeming, swarming, thronged, overflowing, overrun, bristling, bustling, rife, infested, thick, crowded, packed
full of, abounding in
informal crawling, lousy, hopping, stuffed, jam-packed, chock-a-block, chock-full of, buzzing, jumping
British informal heaving
Scottish hoaching, hotching
rare pullulating