life·​like ˈlīf-ˌlīk How to pronounce lifelike (audio)
: accurately representing or imitating real life
a lifelike portrait
lifelikeness noun

Example Sentences

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 Porcelain heads were made with an unglazed biscuit firing, bisque for short, giving the substance a more lifelike matte finish that could be painted. Maria Teresa Hart, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Nov. 2022 Having a more lifelike interaction could help remote workers have less stilted conversations. WIRED, 18 Oct. 2022 The Quest Pro's eye and face tracking features made the experience even more lifelike. PCMAG, 11 Oct. 2022 But the search for a more accurate — more lifelike — portrayal of the founding prophet, a photograph, has been elusive. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Sep. 2022 All of the company’s systems allow large groups of people to view up to 100 different perspectives of 3D, lifelike content at the same time. Michelle Greenwald, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Keep in mind plastic skeletons bend more easily, but anatomical model skeletons are more lifelike. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Sep. 2022 To say, these things are alive, and these things are dead, and these things have some other interesting chemical features that may be lifelike but don’t quite get us there. Quanta Magazine, 15 June 2022 The controls are simple to use and the sound is remarkably lifelike. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Lifelike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



life·​like ˈlī-ˌflīk How to pronounce lifelike (audio)
: accurately representing or imitating an actual living thing
a lifelike statue
lifelikeness noun

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