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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After their son’s lifelong battle with depression culminated in tragedy in 2015, his parents — Steve and Karen Arkin, seen here in their son’s room in the Overland Park home — have sought to raise public awareness about depression and suicide. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Teen suicide doesn’t end with the school year. Now JoCo schools offer summertime therapy," 12 July 2018 The organization giving the award, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, was founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, who were lifelong supporters of American history education. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "University School of Milwaukee's Chuck Taft named Wisconsin History Teacher of the Year," 6 July 2018 These are lifelong dreams being realized for Asia Williams, Lacey Wint, and Camille McHenry. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Windsor Trio Sets Sights On Higher Ed, High Fashion," 19 June 2018 The board also invested in a new visitor management system — one that has been developed by a lifelong Miami software engineer. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "After mass shootings, schools turn to Miami-made app to keep out the bad guys," 13 July 2018 The lifelong Naperville resident grew up on the family farm once located where Meadow Glens Elementary School stands today, one of 10 children, and often helped with the family cooking. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Mints go from trash to treasured cookies," 13 July 2018 Tveidt says having answers to the lifelong questions about his origins has afforded him a new sense of solace. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "An Anchorage newborn was found abandoned in a cardboard box 32 years ago. Against the odds, he found his biological father.," 12 July 2018 William Hagood Bellinger, a former BellSouth vice president, mentor, avid golfer and lifelong champion of Georgia Tech, died July 1. Nancy Badertscher, ajc, "Hagood Bellinger, 77: Business leader, admired mentor loved Tech, golf," 12 July 2018 He was praised as a devoted, lifelong public servant, having served in the U.S. Marines before joining the fire department. Kelly Brennan,, "Firefighter who died during training exercise is praised at funeral," 11 July 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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