life·​long | \ ˈlīf-ˌlȯŋ How to pronounce lifelong (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The stakes will be high in season 2 as the season 1 finale ended with the lifelong friends at odds over a mysterious feud. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 16 Sep. 2022 My dad doesn’t have a lot of close friends, but Don was certainly one of his lifelong friends. Eric Cortellessa, Time, 14 Sep. 2022 An athletic child who loved soccer, skiing and basketball — and who would develop a lifelong passion for tennis — Godard was also a poor student who needed three tries to pass his baccalauréat exam. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Sep. 2022 That coding class changed the trajectory of my career and sparked a lifelong passion for how technology can be used creatively to solve real problems, transform lives, and address our world's biggest challenges. Karlie Kloss, CNN, 8 Sep. 2022 Running parallel with his job was his lifelong passion for fitness and competition, and the challenge scratched that itch nicely. Sean Clancy, Arkansas Online, 5 Sep. 2022 Those endorsements have helped sharpen the contrasts between Bass, a lifelong Democrat, and Caruso, a former Republican and no party preference voter who changed his party affiliation to Democrat in late January. Julia Wickstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022 In February, the lifelong Democrat announced his candidacy for a full term as DA, putting him on the campaign trail for the first time — a fit that Hayden admits is not a natural, or comfortable, one. Globe Staff,, 24 July 2022 As a lifelong Democrat, Governor Pritzker is committed to supporting his party in every corner of our country. Rick Klein, ABC News, 14 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lifelong

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Sep 2022

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“Lifelong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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life·​long | \ ˈlīf-ˌlȯŋ How to pronounce lifelong (audio) \

Kids Definition of lifelong

: continuing through life a lifelong friendship


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