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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Graduate workers perform vital roles and in many ways are the lifeblood of universities. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "The latest campus battle: graduate students are fighting to unionize," 8 June 2019 Photo: Paras Griffin/WireImage/Getty Images Genre-Blurring Performances and Tributes Buzzworthy performances are the lifeblood of the Grammys telecast—especially since last year’s ratings drop. Neil Shah, WSJ, "What to Watch For at the Grammys," 10 Feb. 2019 Wine is the lifeblood of Moldova; grapes a beloved crop that have grown on family farms for centuries. Alia Akkam, Vogue, "Why Moldova Is a Wine Destination Worth Knowing Now," 27 Sep. 2018 Variety describes the season's storyline this way: In the new installment, spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town's lifeblood tourist industry. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Cult classic TV show Veronica Mars is Hulu’s latest resurrection," 20 Sep. 2018 As the company continues to deal with foreign threats and fake news, the company's lifeblood, its user base, won't be getting any help from teenagers. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Facebook continues to get hit, as teens leave in droves," 28 Aug. 2018 Tourism is the lifeblood of the tribe's economy, with many residents making a living by working in the area's lodge, cafe and small store, or packing camping gear onto the backs of mules headed up and down an eight-mile trail. Felicia Fonseca And Alina Hartounian,, "Flash flood sends tourists to high ground near Grand Canyon," 13 July 2018 Others counter that legalized prostitution is safer than the alternative and that the business is part of the county’s lifeblood, delivering jobs and tax revenue. Amy Westervelt, Washington Post, "A Nevada county takes aim at legal prostitution: Should the brothels stay or go?," 17 May 2018 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

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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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