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 Subscriptions are the lifeblood of many companies, and now a popular fast-food chain wants a piece of that pie. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 6 Jan. 2022 Practitioners are the lifeblood of any professional service firm. Christopher White, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Sohn also expressed a commitment to free speech in her opening statement to the committee, saying: Freedom of speech is the lifeblood of our American experience and has always been at the core of my work. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2021 The people who make up our workforce are and have always been the soul of the organization, the lifeblood of our operations and core to making everything work. Alfredo Ramirez, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 And markets don’t do a great job of looking out for people whose lifeblood is getting replaced. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 18 Nov. 2021 Hollywood studios, the lifeblood of the theater business, invested in keeping more viewers at home, seated on comfy couches, fixed on 65-inch TV screens and immersed in multi-speaker surround sound. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2021 Each new step in the breakdown of social order brings more exits of businesses and jobs and sucks away the lifeblood of the community. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2021 This impossibility is opera’s lifeblood: Most of the art form’s bizarre and beautiful fruits are the result of artists’ quest for this permanently elusive alchemy. Matthew Aucoin, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of lifeblood

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lifeblood was in 1579

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14 Jan 2022

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“Lifeblood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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