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 One, about lifelike desk lamps, even got nominated for an Oscar. Steven Levy, Wired, 31 Aug. 2021 In another post, Stormi is wearing a frilly blue bikini top and a very lifelike mermaid tail while swimming. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 26 Aug. 2021 Some of her lifelike cakes include a grand piano, a Christian Louboutin and a cake made for the Bucks basketball team of a massive Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit sandwich. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 Aug. 2021 The titular character of the film, a baby girl born to singer Ann (Marion Cotillard) and comedian Henry (Adam Driver), is embodied by a lifelike, uncanny puppet. Selome Hailu, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 What one does hear is an all-important midrange that is lucid and lifelike, with the effortless transition to high frequencies and bass that provides an eerie simulacrum of real low-frequency energy, albeit within the volume of a nutshell. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 17 Aug. 2021 The result was so lifelike that filmgoers might never know the audio was fake, except that the director admitted it., 23 July 2021 The simulator will allow students to experience lifelike treatment scenarios and learn critical medical interventions under pressure. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Aug. 2021 Xu says the researchers do a good job of integrating several technologies, such as the color detection and temperature controls, to attain the most lifelike chameleon robot yet. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of lifelike

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Lifelike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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