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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Lifelike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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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