Life meaning

līf
Frequency:
The source of vigor or liveliness.

The life of the party.

noun
11
2
The period of flourishing, usefulness, etc.; period during which anything lasts.

Fads have a short life.

noun
9
2
That property or quality of plants and animals that distinguishes them from inorganic matter or dead organisms; specif., the cellular biochemical activity or processes of an organism, as the ingestion of nutrients, the storage and use of energy, the excretion of wastes, growth, reproduction, etc.
noun
7
0
Vigor; liveliness; animation; vivacity.
noun
7
1
Of or relating to the property of life.

Life processes.

adjective
5
0
Advertisement
Using live models.

A life class in painting.

adjective
3
0
The characteristic state or condition of a living organism.
noun
3
0
Relating to animate existence; involved in or necessary for living.

Life processes.

adjective
3
0
Living organisms considered as a group, such as the plants or animals of a given region.
3
1
The existence of the soul.

Eternal life.

noun
3
3
Advertisement
A living being, esp. a human being.

The lives lost in wars.

noun
2
0
Living things collectively, often of a specified kind.

Plant life.

noun
2
0
Another chance.
noun
2
0
For a lifetime.

Given a life sentence.

adjective
2
0
The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism.
noun
2
0
Advertisement
The time a person or thing is alive or exists, or a specific portion of such time.

His early life.

noun
1
0
A sentence of imprisonment for the rest of one's life.
noun
1
0
One's manner of living.

A life of ease.

noun
1
0
The activities of a given time or in a given setting, and the people who take part in them.

Military life.

noun
1
0
Lives considered together as belonging to a certain class or type.

High life.

noun
1
0
Advertisement
Something essential to the continued existence of something else.

Freedom of speech is the life of democracy.

noun
1
0
The properties or qualities that distinguish living plants and organisms from dead or inanimate matter, including the capacity to grow, metabolize nutrients, respond to stimuli, reproduce, and adapt to the environment. The definitive beginning and end of human life are complex concepts informed by medical, legal, sociological, and religious considerations.
1
0
Life is defined as the quality of plants and animals that makes them different than dead organisms, or a collection of things that are alive.

An example of life is a person who is breathing, walking and talking.

An example of life is a plant with green leaves still rooted in the ground.

An example of life is all the plants living in a pond.

noun
0
0
The definition of life is a lifetime.

An example of life is the prison sentence that Charles Manson is serving.

adjective
0
0
The state that follows birth, and precedes death; the state of being alive and living.

He gave up on life.

Having experienced both, the vampire decided that he preferred (un)death to life.

noun
0
0
Advertisement
The period during which one (a person, an animal, a plant, a star) is alive.
noun
0
0

Many lives were lost during the war.

noun
0
0
The span of time during which an object operates.

This light bulb is designed to have a life of 2,000 hours.

noun
0
0
The period of time during which an object is recognizable.

The life of this milk carton may be thousands of years in this landfill.

noun
0
0
(biology) A status given to any entity including animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, etc. "” and sometimes viruses "” having the properties of replication and metabolism.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
(philosophy) The essence of the manifestation and the foundation of the being.
noun
0
0
(phenomenology) The subjective and inner manifestation of the individual.
noun
0
0
The world in general; existence.

Man's life on this planet has been marked by continual conflict.

noun
0
0
A worthwhile existence.

He gets up early in the morning, works all day long "” even on weekends "” and hardly sees his family. That's no life!

His life was ruined by drugs.

noun
0
0
(usually of a person) The most worthwhile component or participant.
noun
0
0
Advertisement

His life of the founder is finished, except for the title.

noun
0
0
Something which is inherently part of a person's existence, such as job, family, a loved one, etc.

She's my love, my life.

noun
0
0
(colloquial) A life sentence; a term of imprisonment of a convict until his or her death.
noun
0
0
(informal) Social life.

Get a life.

noun
0
0
(video games) One of the player's chances to play, lost when a mistake is made.

Scoring 1000 points is rewarded with an extra life.

noun
0
0
Advertisement
(Christian Science) God.
pronoun
0
0
Living organisms considered as a group.

Plant life; marine life.

noun
0
1
A living being, especially a person.

An earthquake that claimed hundreds of lives.

noun
0
1
The physical, mental, and spiritual experiences that constitute existence.

The artistic life of a writer.

noun
0
1
The time for which something exists or functions.

The useful life of a car.

noun
0
1
Advertisement
A spiritual state regarded as a transcending of corporeal death.
noun
0
1
An account of a person's life; a biography.
noun
0
1
Human existence, relationships, or activity in general.

Real life; everyday life.

noun
0
1
Of or relating to animate existence; involved in or necessary for living.

Life processes.

adjective
0
1
Continuing for a lifetime; lifelong.

Life partner; life imprisonment.

adjective
0
1
Advertisement
Using a living model as a subject for an artist.

A life sculpture.

adjective
0
1
This activity, or the state of possessing this property.

Brought back to life.

noun
0
1
as big as life
  • Life-size.
  • Actually present.
idiom
0
0
bring to life
  • To cause to regain consciousness.
  • To put spirit into; animate.
  • To make lifelike.
idiom
0
0
come to life
  • To become animated; grow excited.
idiom
0
0
for dear life
  • Desperately or urgently:
    I ran for dear life when I saw the tiger.
idiom
0
0
for life
  • Till the end of one's life.
idiom
0
0
for the life of (one)
  • Though trying hard:
    For the life of me I couldn't remember his name.
idiom
0
0
(informal) not on your life
  • Absolutely not; not for any reason whatsoever.
idiom
0
0
take (one's) life
  • To commit suicide.
idiom
0
0
take (one's) life in (one's) hands
  • To take a dangerous risk.
idiom
0
0
take (someone's) life
  • To commit murder.
idiom
0
0
the good life
  • A wealthy, luxurious way of living.
idiom
0
0
(informal) the life of Riley
  • An easy life.
idiom
0
0
(informal) the life of the party
  • An animated, amusing person who is the center of attention at a social gathering.
idiom
0
0
to save (one's) life
  • No matter how hard one tries:
    He can't ski to save his life.
idiom
0
0
true to life
  • Conforming to reality.
idiom
0
0
a matter of life and death
  • something whose outcome determines whether a person lives or dies
  • any extremely important matter
idiom
0
0
as large as life
idiom
0
0
bring to life
  • to bring back to consciousness
  • to make lively or lifelike; animate
idiom
0
0
come to life
  • to recover consciousness
  • to become lively or animated
idiom
0
0
for dear life
  • to, or as if to, save one's life; with a desperate intensity
idiom
0
0
for life
  • for the duration of one's life
  • in order to save one's life
idiom
0
0
for the life of me
  • even though my life were at stake on it; by any means
idiom
0
0
from life
  • from a living model
idiom
0
0
not on your life
  • by no means; certainly not
idiom
0
0
see life
  • to have a wide variety of social experiences
idiom
0
0
take a (or someone's) life
  • to kill (someone)
idiom
0
0
take one's own life
  • to commit suicide
idiom
0
0
the life
  • prostitution as a trade
idiom
0
0
the life of Riley
  • a carefree or luxurious way of living
idiom
0
0
to the life
  • like the living original; exactly
idiom
0
0
true to life
  • corresponding to what happens or exists in real life; true to reality or to common experience
idiom
0
0

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

as big as life
bring to life
take (one's) life
take (one's) life in (one's) hands
take (someone's) life
the good life
the life of Riley
the life of the party
a matter of life and death
as large as life
bring to life
for the life of me
from life
see life
take a (<i>or</i> someone's) life
the life
the life of Riley

Origin of life

  • Middle English from Old English līf leip- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English lif, lyf, from Old English lÄ«f (“life, existence; life-time"), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ«bÄ… (“life, body"), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ«banÄ… (“to remain, stay, be left"), from Proto-Indo-European *leyp-, *lip- (“to stick, glue"). Cognate with Scots life, leif (“life"), North Frisian liff (“life, limb, person, livelihood"), West Frisian liif (“belly, abdomen"), Dutch lijf (“body"), Low German lif (“body; life, life-force; waist"), German Leib (“body"), Swedish liv (“life; waist"), Icelandic líf (“life"). Related to belive.

    From Wiktionary