lifetime

noun
life·​time | \ ˈlīf-ˌtīm How to pronounce lifetime (audio) \

Definition of lifetime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the duration of the existence of a living being (such as a person or an animal) or a thing (such as a star or a subatomic particle)
2 : an amount accumulated or experienced in a lifetime a lifetime of regrets

lifetime

adjective

Definition of lifetime (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : lifelong
2 : of long duration or continuance lifetime legislation
3 : measured or achieved over the span of a career a baseball player's lifetime batting average

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Synonyms for lifetime

Synonyms: Noun

continuance, date, duration, life, life span, run, standing, time

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Examples of lifetime in a Sentence

Noun

a lifetime spent traveling the world It would have taken me a lifetime to read all those books. Childhood seems a lifetime ago now! a chemical with a lifetime of only a few minutes the lifetime of a planet
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Elizabeth went from Princess Elizabeth to Queen Elizabeth on February 6, 1952, when George VI died of a coronary thrombosis after battling health problems stemming from, among other things, a lifetime of heavy smoking. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Queen Elizabeth Will Officially Hit 67 Years on the Throne This Week—But Here's Why She Won't Celebrate the Occasion," 3 Feb. 2019 The fight to decarbonize and eventually go carbon negative will last beyond the lifetime of anyone reading this post. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 For Nanci, from Utah, this lack of information contributed to a lifetime of misdiagnoses. Fiona Tapp, SELF, "What It’s Like to Fill in the Gaps in Your Health History When You’re Adopted," 18 Jan. 2019 Above this exemption, taxable gifts are subtracted from an individual’s lifetime estate- and gift-tax exemption, which is currently $11.4 million per person. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: Estate and Gift Taxes," 15 Feb. 2019 This is possible since linen, if cared for properly, doesn’t wear out during one lifetime. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 For von Braun, this first launch, dubbed Apollo 4, was the culmination of a lifetime spent in pursuit of the stars. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 But their love in that movie will last a lifetime (or 2 hours and 16 minutes). Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper Just Joined Lady Gaga Onstage in Vegas & Their Chemistry Was Unreal," 27 Jan. 2019 But our contemporary landscape, replete with theoretically smart handputers, has an amazing past that extends well beyond my lifetime. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Try your hand at being an operator at the Roseville Telephone Museum," 22 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of lifetime

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lifetime was in the 13th century

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lifetime

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lifetime

: the time during which a person is alive
: a very long time
: the time during which something lasts or is useful

lifetime

noun
life·​time | \ ˈlīf-ˌtīm How to pronounce lifetime (audio) \

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