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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From a distance, authorities said the doll looked lifelike. Fox News, "'Body' turns out to be sex doll, police say," 28 Sep. 2018 Across all of its games, Rockstar has aimed to make experiences that are both massive and lifelike, and in a lot of ways Red Dead Redemption 2 feels like the culmination of the developer’s long sought after ambitions. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Red Dead Redemption 2 is the most convincing open-world game ever made," 25 Oct. 2018 These crabs were too, well, lifelike for me to stomach. Melanie Mannarino, Redbook, "Cooking With Maryland Seafood Seasoning (aka Old Bay)," 7 July 2010 The one non-lifelike part is a plastic platform that resembles an upside-down cup. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Fecal Matter Has Made Its Photoshopped Skin Shoes Into Actual Wearable Heels—And They're $10,000," 24 Oct. 2018 Madame Tussauds, the wax museum known for lifelike wax-replicas of your favorite celebs, recently toured them around the city for a photoshoot, Entertainment Tonight reports. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "People Have Mixed Feelings About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wax Figures," 26 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of lifelike

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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