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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Recent Examples on the Web Mia is the creative, bawdy one whose ideas are the lifeblood of the company's sole standout product — a makeup kit for a one-night stand. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne can't elevate 'Like a Boss' to the C-suite," 8 Jan. 2020 But conspiracies are the lifeblood of anti-Semitism. Adeel Hassan, New York Times, "‘A Different Era’: Anti-Semitic Crimes, and Efforts to Track Them, Climb," 3 Jan. 2020 But while recruiting is the lifeblood of any program, the coaching staff is the skeleton that keeps the body of the program from losing its shape. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Ohio State football coach Ryan Day loses Jeff Hafley, his top assistant pick; faces another major coaching test," 14 Dec. 2019 For a long time, for both philosophical as well as economic reasons, the GOP took a generally favorable view of immigration as a way that new lifeblood has always been injected into the American bloodstream. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "An Immigration Debate Distinct From Economic Realities," 21 May 2018 The biggest threat to Facebook, however, would be new regulations that challenge the company's lifeblood: access to increasing amounts of personal data from its 2 billion users. Evan Halper,, "Senators vented at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — but may leave it at that," 11 Apr. 2018 Recruiting is the lifeblood of a college football program. oregonlive, "Utah hasn’t needed top-ranked recruiting classes to build a powerhouse: Issues & Answers," 3 Dec. 2019 Inside the church, commonly known as Assumption Grotto, glossy Opus Bono brochures tout the pastor's role as the group's co-founder and spiritual lifeblood. Anchorage Daily News, "Priests accused of sex abuse turned to under-the-radar group," 29 July 2019 Schools that have managed to reopen are juggling double sessions to accommodate students, and tourism — the economy’s lifeblood — is still slow, Mr. Mapp said. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "Power Is Restored to Most of U.S. Virgin Islands After Hurricanes, Officials Say," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of lifeblood

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2020

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“Lifeblood.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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