He believes that God gives life to all creatures.
She was happy and healthy for most of her life.
The people in her family tend to have long lives.
I've known her all my life.
He is nearing the end of his life.
People can expect to change jobs several times in their life.
They've been waiting their whole life for an opportunity like this.
What do you really want out of life?
All this paperwork has made life much more difficult.
The details of everyday life can be fascinating. Adjective
the life force in all things
He was given a life sentence in prison. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The fitness tracking is flaky and the black version scuffs easily, but the four-day battery life is good.—Matt Jancer, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 The war has claimed the lives of more than 1,200 Israelis, mostly civilians killed by Hamas in the initial attack.—Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 27 Nov. 2023 Last Updated: Live Coverage Feed 2 hours ago Released Hostage, 84, in Critical Condition in Israel Hospital
An 84-year-old woman who was released by Hamas on Sunday is in critical condition and there is risk to her life, the director of the Soroka Medical Center in southern Israel said.—Anat Peled, WSJ, 27 Nov. 2023 Now, her husband, sister, nephews, and mom—who all share a Florida home—take turns cooking, but her mom’s meatloaf retains its integral spot in the rotation, serving as a flavorful reminder of life’s happy moments.—Michelle Konstantinovsky, SELF, 27 Nov. 2023 At stake is not merely which country will wield more geopolitical influence in the future; infrastructure investment will also shape the day-to-day life for billions of people who live in cities.—Simon Curtis and Ian Klaus, Foreign Affairs, 27 Nov. 2023 Writers Alex Beggs and Wilder Davies have both tested it out and both found the system to be highly effective at extending the life of fresh produce, particularly berries and herbs.—Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 27 Nov. 2023 If certain Socialist edicts were absurd—Coke cans were banned, as icons of Western consumerism, and were therefore coveted as status symbols—her family’s life generally felt reassuring and equitable.—Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2023 Advice columnist Carolyn Hax takes your comments and questions most Fridays about life, family, relationships and more.—Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023
Among the injured people, one was critically hurt and two had non-life threatening injuries.—Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 3 Apr. 2023 Three were pronounced dead inside the bar while three were transported to the hospital – one in critical condition and two with non-life threatening injuries.—Jana Hayes, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2023 Hernandez was transported to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.—Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 31 Mar. 2023 In November, an 18-year-old man was stabbed at the Downtown Crossing T stop and suffered non-life threatening injuries.—Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Mar. 2023 The three teenagers were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, OSCO said.—Elainie Barraza, Orlando Sentinel, 12 Mar. 2023 During a press conference, Detroit Police Chief James White said the MSP troopers sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital.—Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 10 Mar. 2023 The three crew members were in the locomotive, which caught fire after the derailment, and are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, CSX said.—Kristina Sgueglia, CNN, 8 Mar. 2023 Three of the six people aboard the train were later treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to CSX.—Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 See More
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Noun and Adjective
Middle English lif, from Old English līf; akin to Old English libban to live — more at live
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
The first known use of life was
before the 12th century