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 Yep, Hot Wheels' first version of the Beach Bomb had lifelike proportions scaled down to 1/64 the size of the real van, complete with two tiny surfboards sticking out the back window, reports CNN Business' Peter Valdes-Dapena. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Career moves to make in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 Fischer opted to leave the bag’s design untouched but created lifelike silicone strawberries, mushrooms, eggs and other seemingly edible appendages. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "Inside Louis Vuitton and Urs Fischer’s Capsule Collection," 10 Dec. 2020 Their video from Tuesday (Dec. 8) invokes the true Christmas spirit with lifelike replicas of the nativity scene in Goshen, Utah, dotting their starry-night performance. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "The Piano Guys Travel to Little Jerusalem for Christmas Cover of 'What Child Is This'," 8 Dec. 2020 The agency has circulated Little’s eerily lifelike drawings and created a webpage with video snippets of him describing his victims. Washington Post, "‘There wasn’t any cooperation’," 4 Dec. 2020 At 10 feet tall, the lifelike green fir boasts more than 5,000 branch tips, resulting in a super-lush and authentic appearance in real life. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "24 artificial Christmas trees you’ll want to put up ASAP," 19 Nov. 2020 Since 2003, Jack Szostak of Harvard Medical School and his colleagues have built increasingly lifelike protocells: simple versions of cells containing a range of chemicals. Michael Marshall, Science, "He may have found the key to the origins of life. So why have so few heard of him?," 14 Dec. 2020 Artificial intelligence helped create some of the game’s gorgeous graphics, like the shapes of buildings, and a new method of simulating flight made the plane’s motion through space more lifelike than ever. Rob Verger And Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "The most daring aerospace innovations of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 The effects are amazingly lifelike, according to test drivers who've used the systems. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "GM is making the Hummer EV in record time. Here's how," 21 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of lifelike

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2021

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“Lifelike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 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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