life's work

noun

: the entire or main work of a person's life
She made photography her life's work.

Examples of life's work in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her life's work for the past twenty-four years had helped hundreds of young adults who had become disconnected from the public school system. Stephanie Tharpe, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Ruscha, now 85, talks with correspondent David Pogue about collecting much of his life's work into one retrospective; the cryptic nature of many of his paintings; and his use of unusual materials (like chocolate and axle grease). David Morgan, CBS News, 9 Nov. 2023 Hill, a career diplomat who now teaches grand strategy at Yale, has written a fascinating book that has the feel of a life's work. Charles Hill, Foreign Affairs, 1 Sep. 2010 After two years of negotiations with Hipgnosis Songs Capital, Stewart announced his decision not to sell his life's work to the U.K. investment company earlier this month, choosing instead to retain ownership himself. Brianne Tracy, Peoplemag, 23 June 2023 These years of service acted as a crucible, sparking an enduring interest in psychology that would become the cornerstone of his life's work. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 8 June 2023 This man, who's spent four decades developing some of the underlying technologies that have led to today's burst of AI tools, told the Times that part of him regrets his life's work. Shane Snow, Forbes, 5 May 2023 But today, the Times says that Hinton's worry about the future of AI has driven him to partially regret his life's work. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 1 May 2023 Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, a Harvard professor of history and African American studies, said Woodson inspired her life's work. Adriana Diaz, CBS News, 25 Feb. 2023 See More

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“Life's work.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/life%27s%20work. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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