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Definitions of life

  1. the condition of living or the state of being alive; " while there's life there's hope"; " life depends on many chemical and physical processes"
  2. the period from the present until death; " he appointed himself emperor for life"
  3. living things collectively; " the oceans are teeming with life"
  4. animation and energy in action or expression; " it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
  5. the experience of living; the course of human events and activities; " he could no longer cope with the complexities of life"
  6. a living person; " his heroism saved a life"
  7. the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones; " there is no life on the moon"
  8. the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living; " he hoped for a new life in Australia"; " he wanted to live his own life without interference from others"
  9. a motive for living; " pottery was his life"
  10. a characteristic state or mode of living; " social life"; " city life"; " real life"
  11. the period between birth and the present time; " I have known him all his life"
  12. a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives; " he got life for killing the guard"
  13. The state of being which begins with generation, birth, or germination, and ends with death; also, the time during which this state continues; that state of an animal or plant in which all or any of its organs are capable of performing all or any of their functions; -- used of all animal and vegetable organisms.
  14. The potential principle, or force, by which the organs of animals and plants are started and continued in the performance of their several and cooperative functions; the vital force, whether regarded as physical or spiritual.
  15. Figuratively: The potential or animating principle, also, the period of duration, of anything that is conceived of as resembling a natural organism in structure or functions; as, the life of a state, a machine, or a book; authority is the life of government.
  16. A certain way or manner of living with respect to conditions, circumstances, character, conduct, occupation, etc.; hence, human affairs; also, lives, considered collectively, as a distinct class or type; as, low life; a good or evil life; the life of Indians, or of miners.
  17. Animation; spirit; vivacity; vigor; energy.
  18. That which imparts or excites spirit or vigor; that upon which enjoyment or success depends; as, he was the life of the company, or of the enterprise.
  19. The living or actual form, person, thing, or state; as, a picture or a description from the life.
  20. A person; a living being, usually a human being; as, many lives were sacrificed.
  21. The system of animal nature; animals in general, or considered collectively.
  22. An essential constituent of life, esp. the blood.
  23. A history of the acts and events of a life; a biography; as, Johnson wrote the life of Milton.
  24. Enjoyment in the right use of the powers; especially, a spiritual existence; happiness in the favor of God; heavenly felicity.
  25. Subsistence.
  26. Something dear to one as one's existence; a darling; - used as a term of endearment.
  27. The state that distinguishes organisms from inorganic matter, manifested by growth, metabolism, reproduction, and adaptation. It includes the course of existence, the sum of experiences, the mode of existing, or the fact of being. Over the centuries inquiries into the nature of life have crossed the boundaries from philosophy to biology, forensic medicine, anthropology, etc., in creative as well as scientific literature. ( Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed; Dr. James H. Cassedy, NLM History of Medicine Division)
  28. The state of being alive; living existence; vitality; union of soul and body; a living person; as, but one life was saved; living beings collectvely; as, animal life; period between birth and death; as, all the years of a man's life; manner of living; as, a life of pleasure; a biography; as, the life of Tennyson; animation; as, to be full of life; the moving spirit; as, he was the life of the housebold.
  29. State of living: animate existence: union of soul and body: the period between birth and death: present state of existence: manner of living: moral conduct: animation: a living being: system of animal nature: social state: human affairs: narrative of a life: eternal happiness, also He who bestows it: a quickening principle in a moral sense:- pl. LIVES, livz.
  30. Animate existence; manner of living; animation; human affairs; biography.
  31. The state of being alive; vital principle; vitality.
  32. Animate existence.
  33. Human affairs.
  34. That state of an animal and a plant in which it is capable of performing its natural functions; animate existence; the union of soul and body; the present state of existence; the time from birth to death; period of existence; manner of living; conduct in regard to morals; course of living; source of living; soul; blood, the supposed vehicle of animation; animals in general; animal being; system of animal nature; spirit; animation; resolution; the living form; general state of man, or of social manners; rank in society; human affairs; a person; biographical narration; supreme felicity; the Author and Giver of supreme felicity; a quickening principle. See Live.
  35. Of human beings: The union of the soul and body; also, the duration of their union; sometimes, the deathless quality or existence of the soul; as, man is a creature having an immortal life.
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Usage examples for life

  1. Want to be unhappy all your life? – Dr. Adriaan by Louis Couperus
  2. I've loved it all my life. – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  3. I look to love To give me life. – Sonnets and Songs by Helen Hay Whitney
  4. It will- tell you- what you do not know- of my life! – A Monk of Cruta by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  5. Everything in her life had gone wrong. – A Daughter of the Land by Gene Stratton-Porter
  6. I think I shall see it before me all my life. – Sisters Three by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  7. She had got what she wanted from life. – The Heather-Moon by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  8. In all my life I neuer knew the like, It haild, it snowde, it lightned all at once. – The Tragedy of Dido Queene of Carthage by Christopher Marlowe
  9. For the life of him he didn't know which way to look. – A Mummer's Wife by George Moore
  10. I could give it as I could my life. – Then Marched the Brave by Harriet T. Comstock
  11. Life was all before me. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  12. Tam came back to life. – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  13. A very strange life! – The Truants by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  14. Don't you think the kind of life Matt's trying to live is better?" – The Quality of Mercy by W. D. Howells
  15. How strange a thing life is! – Alice, or The Mysteries, Book II by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  16. For him I would give my life, should he want it, and what more can a man do for his friend? – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  17. I never had one in my life. – A Terrible Secret by May Agnes Fleming
  18. What the life is? – The Suppressed Poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  19. I never was so 'drawn' to a man in my life before. – The Guest of Quesnay by Booth Tarkington
  20. Such a life had been Mrs. Treherne's. – My Little Lady by Eleanor Frances Poynter
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