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

The Constitution provides Justices with lifetime appointments precisely to insulate them from political considerations. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Behind the Supreme Court’s Dodge," 12 Dec. 2018 Three months after President Donald Trump announced his pick for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, 53, was confirmed on Saturday after a vote that fell... Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "The Most Powerful Images From the Kavanaugh Protests in Washington, D.C.," 8 Oct. 2018 The pursuit of gender justice will be exponentially harder, too, with men like Trump in the White House and Kavanaugh on the bench—the latter a lifetime appointment. Jennifer Weiss-wolf, Harper's BAZAAR, "Even If Kavanaugh Gets Confirmed, We Must Fight For the Violence Against Women Act," 4 Oct. 2018 The issue, which doctors also call candidal vulvovaginitis or vaginal thrush, is incredibly common, affecting 3 out of 4 women in their lifetimes. Tehrene Firman, Woman's Day, "5 Yeast Infection Symptoms in Women That Should Never Be Ignored," 30 July 2018 Kyl may face an even more daunting trip through the corridors of Washington this time because the court carries a lifetime appointment and its next member could decisively tip its ideological balance. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Former Sen. Jon Kyl tapped to guide Trump's Supreme Court nominee through Senate hearings," 9 July 2018 More than 40 federal district and circuit court judges have been confirmed to lifetime appointments so far during Trump's term, and those judges will have enormous sway in shaping legal arguments nationwide. CBS News, "Man on a mission: Mitch McConnell's effort to reshape the courts," 7 July 2018 Many European nations have age or term limits for their Supreme Court justices, unlike the United States’ lifetime appointments that turn nominations into a kind of actuarial battle. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "The U.S. Supreme Court is highly politicized. It doesn’t have to be that way.," 28 June 2018 Trump has reshaped the federal judiciary system — from his Supreme Court appointment of Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch to dozens of lifetime appointments in the lower courts. Matt Viser, BostonGlobe.com, "‘When are Republicans going to stand up to Trump? Never.’ Here’s why," 15 June 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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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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