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live with (someone or something)
1. To cohabitate with someone. Before I got married, I lived with my best friend from high school. Oh, she's been living with her boyfriend for years—I doubt they'll ever get married. He still lives with his parents, and he seems OK with it.
2. To accept or come to terms with something, especially that which is disappointing, undesirable, or upsetting. The trim looks kind of sloppy, but I'll just have to live with it, unless I want to redo the whole thing. You made a really awful decision, and now you're going to have to live with it.
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live (together) with someone
[for someone] to live with someone eke. She lives together with her sister in a condo. He lives with his family.
live with someone
Euph. to live together with someone; to live in a romantic relationship with someone outside of marriage. I lived with my aunt when I was growing up. Is Frank living with his girlfriend? Sandy is living with her domestic partner.
live with something
to put up with something; to endure something. (Does not mean "to dwell with.") That is not acceptable. I can't live with that. Please change it. Mary refused to live with the proposed changes.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Cohabit with, live as if married to, as in I don't approve of my daughter living with her boyfriend. [Mid-1700s] Also see live together.
2. Put up with, come to terms with, as in I think I can live with this new agreement. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s] Also see learn to live with.
3. live with oneself. Keep one's self-respect, as in I don't know how he can live with himself after violating their trust. [Mid-1900s]
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.
1. To dwell in the same house or premises as someone else: I live with my parents and my grandmother.
2. To cohabit with someone, especially in a sexual relationship when not legally married: They're not just dating—she actually lives with him.
3. To put up with something; resign oneself to something: My friends don't like the dormitory, but they have to live with it for the rest of the year.
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.