I was reading a autobiography online, and in that context , I come across a phrase

"she was survived by her partner,.....(partner's name)"

what does the author mean to say?

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    Can you please show us you have done some research?
    – Lambie
    Commented Oct 26, 2019 at 16:25

3 Answers 3


When you say "someone was survived by so-and-so", it means that that someone is deceased, and their surviving relatives are so-and-so.

Here, it means "her partner X was still alive when she died."

  • Thanks. Just want to double check: it can also be expressed in some various ways, can't it? "She was survived BY her partner X" = "Her partner X survived her" = "She did NOT survive her partner X". Are they all the same?
    – RayLuo
    Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 1:05
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    @Ray, yes, those all mean the same thing.
    – randomhead
    Commented Jul 28, 2021 at 2:35

It means that after her death, her partner is still alive.


If you see:

He was 43 and is survived by his wife, a son and daughter.

then that means he died while those family members are still alive.

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