life·blood | \ˈlīf-ˈbləd, -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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Now, lawmakers in Florida want the governor to declare a state of emergency over an algae problem at Lake Okeechobee, the aquatic lifeblood of South Florida. Manuel Bojorquez, CBS News, "Toxic algae a slimy mess for Florida's Lake Okeechobee," 6 July 2018 Public transportation is the lifeblood of those cities, and being able to successfully navigate without relying on cars or cabs is essential., "17 survival skills for modern adults," 7 July 2018 Deposits are the lifeblood of banks and a key factor in profitability. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "These Bank Customers Are Making a Bundle on Their Deposits," 22 June 2018 Organizations and series are part of the lifeblood of the experimental scene. Trevor Fraser,, "Unheard: Journey into Central Florida's experimental music scene," 27 Apr. 2018 Chilling ballads are Chris Martin’s lifeblood, and being in a band with both Styles and McCartney doesn't raise any eyebrows. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Boy Band Megaband: An All-Time Billboard Fantasy Draft," 25 Apr. 2018 The first signs of a shift are already on display in America, where funeral-home revenue is projected to stagnate despite an annual death rate—the industry’s lifeblood, after all—that is expected to rise. The Economist, "Great news for the dead: the funeral industry is being disrupted," 12 Apr. 2018 To the extent the FATF warns of material failings in a country’s AML/CTF regime, regulated financial services—the lifeblood of international trade and fund flows—are unlikely to support economic engagement. Tom Keatinge, Time, "Another Death Knell for the Iran Nuclear Deal," 4 July 2018 For most of the town’s history, Rusal has been the lifeblood of Sayanogorsk. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Echo Through Russian Factory Towns," 2 July 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

: a person's blood

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