He believes that God gives life to all creatures.
She was happy and healthy for most of her life.
The people in her family tend to have long lives.
I've known her all my life.
He is nearing the end of his life.
People can expect to change jobs several times in their life.
They've been waiting their whole life for an opportunity like this.
What do you really want out of life?
All this paperwork has made life much more difficult.
The details of everyday life can be fascinating. Adjective
the life force in all things
He was given a life sentence in prison. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Advice columnist Carolyn Hax takes your comments and questions most Fridays about life, family, relationships and more.—Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 Picture the joy of unboxing a smart home device that promises to simplify life or the comfort of slipping into plush, warm joggers that feel like a hug.—Kristi Arnold, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023 Glamorous began its life as a pilot for The CW, which Netflix picked up after three years after the broadcast network passed.—Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Nov. 2023 San Diego will spend about $3.5 million in fiscal 2024 on hardware, software and connectivity, $1.5 million for installation and maintenance over the life of the contract, and $100,000 to replace the LED lights.—Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 The film will begin in the 1920s, covering Piaf's life in Paris and New York until her death in 1963.—Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 Not to squander my life being spared, but to give back to my family, friends and all of you whom have empowered me to endure.—Zack Sharf, Variety, 15 Nov. 2023 Throughout 2023, as artificial intelligence has creeped its way into every corner of public, private, and creative life, it’s been easy to see the lessons sci-fi tried to teach.—WIRED, 3 Nov. 2023 All of them lived lives of love and service and sacrifice.—Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 3 Nov. 2023
Among the injured people, one was critically hurt and two had non-life threatening injuries.—Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 3 Apr. 2023 Three were pronounced dead inside the bar while three were transported to the hospital – one in critical condition and two with non-life threatening injuries.—Jana Hayes, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2023 Hernandez was transported to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.—Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 31 Mar. 2023 In November, an 18-year-old man was stabbed at the Downtown Crossing T stop and suffered non-life threatening injuries.—Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Mar. 2023 The three teenagers were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, OSCO said.—Elainie Barraza, Orlando Sentinel, 12 Mar. 2023 During a press conference, Detroit Police Chief James White said the MSP troopers sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital.—Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 10 Mar. 2023 The three crew members were in the locomotive, which caught fire after the derailment, and are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, CSX said.—Kristina Sgueglia, CNN, 8 Mar. 2023 Three of the six people aboard the train were later treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to CSX.—Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 See More
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Noun and Adjective
Middle English lif, from Old English līf; akin to Old English libban to live — more at live
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
The first known use of life was
before the 12th century