life·​work | \ ˈlīf-ˈwərk How to pronounce lifework (audio) \

Definition of lifework

: the entire or principal work of one's lifetime also : a work extending over a lifetime

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Recent Examples on the Web Still, talking to someone whose lifework is conversation can be stressful. Corinne Purtill, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2021 Zuckerberg has had a front-row seat to the madness that comes from chasing likes and appears amenable to reducing their influence, which would be a rare acknowledgement that his lifework hasn’t been exclusively for the good. Noam Cohen, Wired, 6 Feb. 2020 Most helpful was Art Laffer, the architect of supply-side economics, whose lifework, arguing for reducing taxes on the rich, recently earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 20 Aug. 2019 Earlier this year, de Rossi surprised DeGeneres by gifting her with the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, which would honor and continue the lifework of one of her heroes, scientist Dian Fossey., 14 June 2018 That became my encore career and, now, my lifework. Anh Nguyet Tranh, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Oct. 2017 Lifeworks provides support to 2,500 individuals with disabilities and their families throughout the Twin Cities and greater Mankato area. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, 21 Jan. 2017 Besides, such is the cover band’s lifework—all eyes on the next paying gig. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of lifework

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Lifework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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