live in(redirected from live in something)
to live at the residence at which one works. In order to be here early enough to prepare breakfast, the cook has to live in. Mr. Simpson has a valet, but he doesn't live in.
live in something
to dwell within something or some place. They live in the village. She lives in a large house in the country.
live in (with someone)
[for servants or lovers] to live in a residence that one might be expected only to visit rather than reside in. Their maid lives in with them. She lived in for a few months before they were married.
1. Reside in one's place of employment or schooling, as in They wanted a baby-sitter who could live in, or Joe was planning to live in at the college. This expression is used primarily for domestic servants or students. [Late 1800s] Also see live out.
2. live in something. Continue in existence, memory, or some feeling. This sense appears in such phrases as live in the past, meaning "to concentrate on past memories," or live in hope of, meaning "to continue anticipating that something will happen." For example, Alice lived in the past; she had no interest in current events, or Jim lived in hope of getting a teaching post. Also see live in sin.
To reside in the place where one is employed: They were wealthy enough to afford household servants who lived in.