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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Tourism is the lifeblood of Caribbean destinations and, in the past, the return of tourism has been critical to rebuilding efforts. Chabeli Herrera,, "After Hurricane Dorian, Royal Caribbean plans to send cruises full of supplies to Bahamas," 4 Sep. 2019 In Puhoi, alcohol is the lifeblood of the economy and the community. Madeline Roache / Puhoi, Time, "'You’re Not a Person if You Don’t Drink.' How This Tiny European Country Developed the World's Worst Drinking Problem," 29 Aug. 2019 But logging is the lifeblood of Pacarana’s economy. Felipe Fittipaldi, National Geographic, "Inside the faltering fight against illegal Amazon logging," 28 Aug. 2019 Data have always been the lifeblood of the insurance industry whose business model depends on measuring risk as accurately as possible. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "In a world awash with information, power comes from knowing what data not to use," 10 July 2019 As the park’s website estimates, De Leon Springs has been the lifeblood of the surrounding area for up to 6,000 years. Patrick Connolly,, "Florida Springs Guide: De Leon Springs State Park," 10 July 2019 Emmy attention, as is likely for Crowe, and general buzz are the lifeblood of a premium cable network like Showtime, which needs that attention to attract and keep subscribers. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "In ‘The Loudest Voice,’ Roger Ailes again stirs controversy, this time from the grave," 26 June 2019 Emmy attention, likely for Crowe, and general buzz are the lifeblood of a premium cable network like Showtime, which needs that attention to attract and keep subscribers., "Roger Ailes series on Showtime likely to rile the right and the left," 26 June 2019 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

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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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