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1. To use some resource as one's means of survival or financial security. I guess we should be glad to get anything at all from social welfare, but how do they expect us to live on $300 a month? I had to live on berries and birds' eggs while I was stranded in the wilderness.
2. To continue to survive or endure. Everyone thought print books would vanish with the rise of eBook readers, but printed media lives on even now.
3. To remain in people's memory after someone dies or something ceases. We'll all miss her terribly, but the memory of our grandmother will live on in everyone who knew and loved her. Even twenty years after the war ended, fear of the enemy lives on in this country.
live on something
to depend on something for sustenance. (Compare this with live off someone or something.) I can't live on bread and water. We can hardly live on $500 a week.
(after someone or something) to be remembered long after someone or something might otherwise be forgotten or dead, in the case of persons. His good works will live on long after him. Fears of war will live on after the actual conflict. I hope my memory lives on.
live on an amount of money
to live on a specific amount of money; to manage to live on a specific amount of money. Can you live on only that much money? I can live on a very small amount of money.
1. Be financially supported by, subsist on, as in His pension is too small to live on. [Mid-1600s]
2. Continue to survive, especially unexpectedly, as in They thought the cancer would kill her, but Lucy lived on for another twenty years.
3. Remain in human memory, as in This book will live on long after the author's death.
1. To survive or provide for one's needs by using some resource: The retiree had to live on a fixed income. The family lived on $30,000 a year.
2. To persist; endure: Although The Beatles broke up decades ago, their music lives on.