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life

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noun \ˈlīf\

Definition of life

plural

lives

play \ˈlīvz\
  1. 1a :  the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead bodyb :  a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beingsc :  an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  2. 2a :  the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual children … are the joy of our lives — Agnes S. Turnbullb :  one or more aspects of the process of living sex life of the frog

  3. 3 :  biography 1 the life of George Washington

  4. 4 :  spiritual existence transcending (see transcend 1c) physical death his craving … for the release into the life to come — Rodney Gilbert

  5. 5a :  the period from birth to deathb :  a specific phase of earthly existence adult lifec :  the period from an event until death a judge appointed for lifed :  a sentence of imprisonment for the remainder of a convict's life

  6. 6 :  a way or manner of living the life of the colonists

  7. 7 :  livelihood The fishing village drew its life from the sea.

  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 the life of the constitution … has been not logic but experience — F. A. Ogg & Harold Zink

  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 (such as resilience (see resilience 1) or elasticity) of an inanimate (see inanimate 1) 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. 16a :  human activitiesb :  animate activity and movement stirrings of lifec :  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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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life

adjective

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 in a sentence

  1. the life force in all things

  2. He was given a life sentence in prison.

Origin and Etymology of life

see 1life


First Known Use: before 12th century


LIFE Defined for English Language Learners

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life

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noun \ˈlīf\

Definition of life for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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life

adjective

Definition of life for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to life

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


LIFE Defined for Kids

life

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noun \ˈlīf\

Definition of life for Students

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

life

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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

lifeless

\ˈlīf-ləs\play adjective


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