life·​blood | \ ˈlīf-ˈbləd How to pronounce lifeblood (audio) , -ˌbləd\

Definition of lifeblood

1 : blood regarded as the seat of vitality
2 : a vital or life-giving force or component freedom of inquiry is the lifeblood of a university

Examples of lifeblood in a Sentence

The town's lifeblood has always been its fishing industry. The neighborhoods are the lifeblood of this city. the lifeblood that flows through his veins
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Still, the local economy has rebounded in the past few years and his pickup-truck business—the lifeblood of many Texas auto dealers—is strong. Mike Colias, WSJ, "U.S. Auto Makers Hit Speed Bumps Abroad," 13 Jan. 2019 Lights strung along the promenade form shapes of the town's lifeblood. Jessica Meyers,, "A victim of its own industrial success, China's hanger capital is now just hanging on," 23 Apr. 2018 Emotion is the lifeblood of the blobject, because these fluid, organic forms seem so alive. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Some people feel a tenderness toward bulbous candles and planters. Why?," 21 Dec. 2018 Creativity is clearly the lifeblood of the Carpenzano clan: His sister Livia, also seen here, is an artist of the more esoteric persuasion. Vogue, "25 Ways to Gucci: Rome’s Creative Class," 29 Nov. 2018 Since the Arab oil embargo 45 years ago, which sent crude prices up and created painful supply shortages, the problem of scarcity had defined U.S. thinking and strategy around oil, the world’s economic lifeblood. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "U.S. Becomes Net Exporter of Oil, Fuels for First Time in Decades," 6 Dec. 2018 From George Mikan to Kobe Bryant, superstars have been the Lakers’ lifeblood for decades. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "LeBron’s arrival transforms Lakers back into glamour show," 3 July 2018 The Orioles’ long-standing approach to international amateur signings — a market that has become a lifeblood for other organizations but an area the Orioles have mostly ignored — has confused many throughout baseball. Eduardo A. Encina,, "As new signing period approaches, will Orioles invest more in international market?," 1 July 2018 And fewer physical discs means fewer used games, which has been the financial lifeblood of GameStop for many years now. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Why GameStop Is Thinking About Selling Itself," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of lifeblood

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of lifeblood

: the most important part of something : the part of something that provides its strength and energy
literary : a person's blood

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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