life·​long ˈlīf-ˌlȯŋ How to pronounce lifelong (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lifelong was in 1613

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Cite this Entry

“Lifelong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


life·​long ˈlī-ˌflȯŋ How to pronounce lifelong (audio)
: continuing or lasting through life
a lifelong love for trees
a lifelong friendship
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