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
Recent Examples on the Web The corpses are displayed like a museum exhibit, dressed to the nines and arranged in grotesquely lifelike posts. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 The Doll Factory, which is already a hit in England, offers an eerily lifelike re-creation of 1850s London laced with a smart feminist critique of Western aesthetics. Ron Charles, Dallas News, "'The Doll Factory' is a page-turning Victorian thriller," 13 Aug. 2019 The ability to respond in ways that seem lifelike has been informed by research into such issues as how perceptions form, what constitutes social and emotional intelligence, and how people can deduce others’ thoughts and feelings. Scientific American, "Social Robots Play Nicely with Others," 1 July 2019 Favreau started out by describing how important the casting process was to the film's reimagining, since the incredibly lifelike visuals required all emotion to be expressed from the voice. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "Seth Rogen & Billy Eichner Talk Improvising on 'Hakuna Matata,' Plus 5 More Highlights From 'Lion King' Twitter Panel," 11 July 2019 While the Muppets are cartoonish and stylized, the world of Thra is incredibly lifelike. Time, "What to Know About The Dark Crystal Before Watching the Netflix Prequel," 29 Aug. 2019 This is especially true with the animals, not just the lions and other marquee species but so many different kinds of birds and beasts, all looking and moving in a completely lifelike manner. Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Disney’s photo-real ‘The Lion King’ remake sings a new yet familiar tune," 18 July 2019 Jonas shared a photo of his heartfelt ink, which features a lifelike portrait of little Waldo. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Vacations with Priyanka Chopra and a Brand New Puppy," 3 Aug. 2019 Officials were also interested in how lifelike the two of the legs were. Fox News, "Fake bloody legs appear at memorial for Cape Cod shark-attack victim," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of lifelike

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 Oct 2019

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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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