take/claim someone's life

Definition of take/claim someone's life

  1. :  to cause someone's death Two years ago he was diagnosed with the illness that eventually took his life. The flood claimed many lives.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

    :  a distinct treatment or variation

    :  an act or the action of taking: such as

  1. :  to ask for especially as a right

    :  to call for :  require

    :  take

  1. :  a demand for something due or believed to be due

    :  a right to something

    :  a title to a debt, privilege, or other thing in the possession of another

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

    :  a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings

    :  an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  1. :  of or relating to animate being

    :  lifelong

    :  using a living model

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