life·​long | \ ˈlīf-ˌlȯŋ \

Definition of lifelong

1 : lasting or continuing through life a lifelong friendship

Examples of lifelong in a Sentence

He had a lifelong love of nature.

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Without giving anything major away, the comedic pair play June and Oscar, a married couple, who deal with the trials and tribulations of lifelong commitment. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "We Asked Maya Rudolph: Would You Rather Give Up Sex or Booze?," 21 Sep. 2018 Mathews, a lifelong Seattleite, has worked for Meals on Wheels for 11 years and has delivered thousands of meals to senior citizens across Seattle. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "The power of readers’ generosity: The Seattle Times kicks off latest Fund For the Needy," 19 Nov. 2018 The most common allergies kids leave behind are those to milk, egg, wheat, and soy, whereas reactions to shellfish, sesame, tree nuts, and peanuts are more likely to be lifelong. Jessica Migala, Woman's Day, "How to Keep Your Kids Safe From Food Allergies," 19 Nov. 2018 One of the results was a design for a lifelong, on-and-off education experience. Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic, "The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail," 16 Apr. 2018 When Katie has a chance encounter with her lifelong crush Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger) while out at night playing her guitar, everything changes for her. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All the Romantic Movies You Have to See in 2018 if You're a Hopeless Romantic," 24 Aug. 2018 As with many hobbies, getting off on the right start is all-important, and can make the difference between fleeting interest or a potential lifelong passion. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Telescopes To Get Started in Stargazing," 1 Aug. 2018 After the match, Meghan met the champions and handed a trophy to the team captain, polo star and Harry's lifelong friend, Nacho Figueras. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Share a Sweet Kiss at the Sentebale Polo Match," 26 July 2018 Ending a career while on the wrong end of a score is never fun, but Haddonfield’s players, beginning with Cristino, are mature enough to realize that this team created some lifelong memories. Marc Narducci,, "Defense lets Haddonfield down in semifinal loss to Raritan," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of lifelong

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of lifelong

: continuing or lasting through a person's life


life·​long | \ ˈlīf-ˌlȯŋ \

Kids Definition of lifelong

: continuing through life a lifelong friendship

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