life·​like | \ˈlīf-ˌlīk \

Definition of lifelike 

: accurately representing or imitating real life a lifelike portrait

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lifelikeness noun

Examples of lifelike in a Sentence

The graphics in the video game are more lifelike than we imagined they would be. the eyes of the lifelike portrait seem to follow visitors around the room

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Displayed near Jean Antoine Houdon’s strikingly lifelike bust of Jefferson, the passport was signed by Louis XVI a mere two weeks before the insurgent mob forced the king and Marie Antoinette back to Paris, house arrest—and, in 1795, execution. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Visitors to Versailles (1682-1789)’ Review: Virtual Time Travel," 11 Apr. 2018 His wildly lifelike figure is staged outside of the embassy for him. New York Times, "The Politics of Waxing," 26 Mar. 2018 The expansive living room set is bathed in a monochromatic, soft blue light, with only a few scattered children's toys looking lifelike in color. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Girls & Boys': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 Ray tracing is what makes CG movies look so lifelike, but the computing power required to generate ray tracing in real-time has largely prevented the technology from taking root in PC games. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Eyes-on: Nvidia's RTX demo shows the eye-popping potential of real-time ray tracing," 14 June 2018 But presence doesn’t require a lifelike simulation. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "The Future of Therapy: Becoming Someone Else in VR," 16 Apr. 2018 The project's aim is to build a database of complex, lifelike 3-D models. Chris Giles, CNN, "Meet the scientists immortalizing African heritage in virtual reality," 5 Apr. 2018 Eventually, the machines will become sufficiently lifelike that the line between person and robot will be blurred. Sean Illing, Vox, "Sex robots are coming. We might even fall in love with them.," 11 May 2018 The Physicians Committee and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which are separate groups, argue that combat medics can learn to do their jobs with lifelike simulators. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Billboards attack use of goats in Army medic training," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lifelike

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lifelike was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of lifelike

: looking like a real person or thing


life·​like | \ˈlīf-ˌlīk \

Kids Definition of lifelike

: very like something that is alive a lifelike doll

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obstinately defiant of authority

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