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1. verb To dwell or reside in something or some place. They've been living in a hotel room ever since the bank repossessed their home. Her sister lives in small apartment attached to the back of their house.
2. verb To dwell or reside at one's place of employment. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. The staff of the hotel lives in during the busy season.
3. adjective Dwelling or residing at one's place of employment. Usually hyphenated. We hired a live-in nanny to help us during the night time.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
live in something
to dwell within something or some place. They live in the village. She lives in a large house in the country.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To reside in the place where one is employed: They were wealthy enough to afford household servants who lived in.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.