Learner's definition of ALIVE
not used before a noun
1 : having life: living: not dead
It feels great to be alive.
The patient was barely alive.
The sheriff was ordered to find the killer and bring him back alive.
She must be the happiest woman alive. [=the happiest woman in the world]
He managed to stay alive for a week without any food.
The patient is being kept alive by artificial means.
2 a : continuing to exist
b : not yet defeated: still having a chance to win or succeed
an old tradition that is still alive
We tried to keep the organization alive [=active] despite having fewer members.
We need to keep hope alive.
[more alive; most alive]
3 a : filled with life and energy— often + with b : filled with activity— usually + with
alive and kicking
: healthy and active— often used figuratively
alive and well
2 : still popular: continuing to be used
: aware of (something): able to notice (something)
bring (something) alive
: to make (something) seem more real or interesting
: to become lively: such asa : to become excited and filled with energy b : to become filled with activity c : to become exciting or appealing
eat (someone or something) alive