life·​world | \ ˈlīf-ˌwər(-ə)ld How to pronounce lifeworld (audio) \

Definition of lifeworld

: the sum total of physical surroundings and everyday experiences that make up an individual's world

Examples of lifeworld in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But as Carlyle, Rice and the family in A Quiet Place found out, creating a sound-free lifeworld is nearly impossible. Matthew Jordan, Smithsonian, "Why Are We Always Searching For “A Quiet Place?”," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lifeworld

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Lifeworld.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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