life·​like | \ ˈlīf-ˌlīk How to pronounce lifelike (audio) \

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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Belly up to the bartop fountain (and eerily lifelike bartender) and take in the seedy surroundings as Jean Lafitte once did, or head over to Toups’s more contemporary bar, which has its own working absinthe fountain and Imperial cocktail shaker. Laura Randall, Washington Post, "If you need an alternative to French Quarter cocktails and food, try this museum," 3 July 2019 Using this technique, game designers can make virtual rays of light appear to bounce off objects, cast realistic shadows, and create lifelike reflections. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, "What Is Ray Tracing? The Latest Gaming Buzzword Explained," 14 June 2019 The video quickly became one of YouTube’s most watched deepfake videos, a burgeoning genre of content on the internet that uses powerful — and often free — software to create extremely lifelike videos of people saying just about anything. Ben Collins, NBC News, "This viral Schwarzenegger deepfake isn't just entertaining. It's a warning.," 12 June 2019 In 2016, Andrew Wetzel of the University of California, Davis, and his colleagues created one of the first lifelike simulations of a central massive galaxy and its legion of dwarfs. Quanta Magazine, "Missing Galaxies? Now There’s Too Many," 9 Jan. 2019 Meghan Markle's wax figure at Madame Tussauds may have been closer to its inspiration, but Beyoncé's was less than lifelike. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ariana Grande's Wax Figure Is Bid "Thank U, Next" By Fans," 25 May 2019 Kylie Jenner spared no expense on her lifelike costume for boyfriend Travis Scott's 28th birthday party yesterday. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Dressed Up as "Captain Lip Kit" for Travis Scott's Birthday Party," 26 Apr. 2019 But since Sabrina isn't fully human, Stafford-Bridge doesn't worry about making her appear overly bronzed or even lifelike. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 5 Apr. 2019 Automakers are offering augmented reality experiences, video displays that involve the viewer and lifelike virtual reality simulations to lure buyers. Paul Stenquist, New York Times, "Virtual Reality Is Carmakers’ Latest Selling Tool, at Shows and in Showrooms," 29 Mar. 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 How to pronounce lifelike (audio) \

Kids Definition of lifelike

: very like something that is alive a lifelike doll

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