live for

phrasal verb

lived for; living for; lives for
: to wait or hope for (something) very eagerly
I live for the day when we'll be together!
: to think of (something) as the most important or enjoyable part of one's life
She lives for her work.
: to think of (something) as a reason for being alive
He's depressed and feels as if he has nothing left to live for.

Examples of live for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s widely believed that Liza's time as a young girl alone in hotels, like at The Plaza in New York where Garland, Liza and the fictional Eloise all lived for a time, inspired the character. Julie Tremaine, Peoplemag, 2 June 2024 Legislators from both parties and conservation groups say the bill addresses an urgent need to protect giant sequoias, which can live for thousands of years and are among the most fire-resilient trees. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 30 May 2024 But this much is sure: Walton lived for 26,136 days, and the Pac-12 existed for all of them. Jon Wilner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 May 2024 Dallas’ tenacious rim protection was lacking and Edwards was starting to get rolling, but these are the type of moments that Irving lives for. Steven Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 May 2024 As for the duration of the overall emergence, Klein says that periodical cicada adults only live for a couple weeks, during which time they’re totally focused on finding a mate. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 22 May 2024 Abraham Lincoln lacked any formal education, yet composed the masterful Gettysburg Address that will live for the ages. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 12 May 2024 When his lease expires in September, the rent on his apartment, where he’s lived for the past 24 years, will go up to $1,600. Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, USA TODAY, 21 May 2024 Additionally, both injuries showed signs of healing, indicating the men continued to live for an unknown number of years following their punishments. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 21 May 2024

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“Live for.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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