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noun \ˈlīf\

Simple Definition of life

  • : the ability to grow, change, etc., that separates plants and animals from things like water or rocks

  • : the period of time when a person is alive

  • : the experience of being alive

Full Definition of life

plural lives play \ˈlīvz\

  1. 1 a :  the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body b :  a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings c :  an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  2. 2 a :  the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual b :  one or more aspects of the process of living <sex life of the frog>

  3. 3 :  biography 1

  4. 4 :  spiritual existence transcending physical death

  5. 5 a :  the period from birth to death b :  a specific phase of earthly existence <adult life> c :  the period from an event until death <a judge appointed for life> d :  a sentence of imprisonment for the remainder of a convict's life

  6. 6 :  a way or manner of living

  7. 7 :  livelihood

  8. 8 :  a vital or living being; specifically :  person <many lives were lost in the disaster>

  9. 9 :  an animating and shaping force or principle

  10. 10 :  spirit, animation <saw no life in her dancing>

  11. 11 :  the form or pattern of something existing in reality <painted from life>

  12. 12 :  the period of duration, usefulness, or popularity of something <the expected life of the batteries>

  13. 13 :  the period of existence (as of a subatomic particle) — compare half-life

  14. 14 :  a property (as resilience or elasticity) of an inanimate substance or object resembling the animate quality of a living being

  15. 15 :  living beings (as of a particular kind or environment) <forest life>

  16. 16 a :  human activities b :  animate activity and movement <stirrings of life> c :  the activities of a given sphere, area, or time <the political life of the country>

  17. 17 :  one providing interest and vigor <life of the party>

  18. 18 :  an opportunity for continued viability <gave the patient a new life>

  19. 19 capitalized Christian Science :  god 1b

  20. 20 :  something resembling animate life <a grant saved the project's life>

Examples of life

  1. He believes that God gives life to all creatures.

  2. She was happy and healthy for most of her life.

  3. The people in her family tend to have long lives.

  4. I've known her all my life.

  5. He is nearing the end of his life.

  6. People can expect to change jobs several times in their life .

  7. They've been waiting their whole life for an opportunity like this.

  8. What do you really want out of life?

  9. All this paperwork has made life much more difficult.

  10. The details of everyday life can be fascinating.

Origin of life

Middle English lif, from Old English līf; akin to Old English libban to live — more at live

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with life




Simple Definition of life

  • : of or relating to life

  • : done as long as a person lives : existing or lasting throughout a person's life

Full Definition of life

  1. 1 :  of or relating to animate being

  2. 2 :  lifelong <a life member>

  3. 3 :  using a living model <a life class>

  4. 4 :  of, relating to, or provided by life insurance <a life policy>

Examples of life

  1. the life force in all things

  2. He was given a life sentence in prison.

13th Century

First Known Use of life

13th century

LIFE Defined for Kids


noun \ˈlīf\

Definition of life

plural lives \ˈlīvz\

  1. 1 :  the state characterized by the ability to get and use energy, reproduce, grow, and respond to change :  the quality that plants and animals lose when they die

  2. 2 :  the period during which a person or thing is alive or exists

  3. 3 :  all the experiences that make up the existence of a person :  the course of existence <I never heard of such a thing in my life!>

  4. 4 :  existence as a living being <He saved my life.>

  5. 5 :  a way of living <We studied the life of the ant.>

  6. 6 :  the time when something can be used or enjoyed <the life of a battery>

  7. 7 :  energy and spirit <They gave the party some life.>

  8. 8 :  biography

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈlīf\

Medical Definition of life

plural lives \ˈlīvz\play

  1. 1a:  the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional plant or animal from a dead bodyb:  a state of living characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  2. 2a:  the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individualb:  a specific part or aspect of the process of living <sex life> <adult life>

  3. life·less \ˈlīf-ləs\play adjective

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