life·​line ˈlīf-ˌlīn How to pronounce lifeline (audio)
: a line (such as a rope) used for saving or preserving life: such as
: a line along the outer edge of the deck of a boat or ship
: a line used to keep contact with a person (such as a diver or astronaut) in a dangerous or potentially dangerous situation
: something regarded as indispensable for the maintaining or protection of life

Examples of lifeline in a Sentence

The river is the town's lifeline. The new jobs were an economic lifeline for a city in need of help. The radio was their lifeline to the outside world. They threw a lifeline to the man overboard.
Recent Examples on the Web This is the lifeline of our internet and telecommunications services, ensuring our video calls are crystal clear and our streaming is buffer-free. Jessica Billingsley, Rolling Stone, 11 July 2024 India is a major financial lifeline for Russia, with trade between the two countries amounting to nearly $65 billion in the last year. Astha Rajvanshi, TIME, 9 July 2024 This case showed me the importance of extensive pre-trial work and how lawyers can be the last lifeline to alter the course of someone’s life for the better. Samuel Ford Stark, Sun Sentinel, 4 July 2024 Such a merger could be the lifeline Paramount+ so desperately needs and would bring HBO/Max closer to the magic 200-million-subscribers mark; Paramount+ has more than 71 million global streaming subscribers, WBD’s direct-to-consumer platforms combine for about 100 million subs (most are Max). Tony Maglio, IndieWire, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for lifeline 

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Word History

First Known Use

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lifeline was in 1700

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Cite this Entry

“Lifeline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


life·​line ˈlī-ˌflīn How to pronounce lifeline (audio)
: a line persons may hang on to for safety or rescue
: something providing help or support that is needed for success or survival

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