lifeblood

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noun life·blood \ˈlīf-ˈbləd, -ˌbləd\

Definition of lifeblood

  1. 1 :  blood regarded as the seat of vitality

  2. 2 :  a vital or life-giving force or component freedom of inquiry is the lifeblood of a university

Examples of lifeblood in a Sentence

  1. The town's lifeblood has always been its fishing industry.

  2. The neighborhoods are the lifeblood of this city.

  3. the lifeblood that flows through his veins

Recent Examples of lifeblood from the Web

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First Known Use of lifeblood

1579


LIFEBLOOD Defined for English Language Learners

lifeblood

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Definition of lifeblood for English Language Learners

  • : the most important part of something : the part of something that provides its strength and energy

  • : a person's blood



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