life [ laıf ] (plural lives [ laıvz ] ) noun ***
▸ 1 time from birth to death
▸ 2 way of living, experience
▸ 3 state of being alive
▸ 4 living things
▸ 5 time something exists/lasts
▸ 6 activity/excitement
▸ 7 in games
▸ 8 life imprisonment
1. ) count or uncount the period of time from someone's birth until their death:
She devoted her life to helping others.
He had a long and happy life.
in (all) your life: I have never been so disappointed in my life.
all your life: She's lived in California all her life.
early life (=the time when you are a child): He spent his early life in Malaysia.
in later life (=toward the end of someone's life): It was in later life that he wrote some of his best poems.
late in life (=at a time in your life that is later than usual): She got married late in life.
for life (=continuing through your whole life): The accident left her scarred for life.
working life (=the part of your life when you work): She devoted most of her working life to publishing.
adult life (=the time when you are an adult): He lived most of his adult life in prison.
spend your life: Don't spend your whole life worrying about money.
2. ) count usually singular your particular way of living and the experiences you have:
His life revolves around his children.
It was an event that would change his life forever.
lead a happy/normal/interesting etc. life: I just want to be able to lead a normal life.
a hard life (=a difficult life): She looks like someone who's had a very hard life.
a ) count or uncount the events and experiences that are typical of a particular place or group of people:
I had no idea what life with a baby would be like.
city/farm/prison/university etc. life: Escape from the bustle and noise of city life for a while.
the life of someone: The life of a movie star is not always a glamorous one.
married life (=the time when you are married or the life that you have): How's married life treating you?
b ) uncount the events and experiences that happen to people in general:
He's a person who really loves life.
His mother has a great enthusiasm for life.
see life (=experience a lot of different things): You really see life in my job.
3. ) count or uncount the state of being alive:
He believed his life was in danger.
claim lives (=kill people): The disease is still claiming thousands of lives every year.
risk your life: They risk their lives to protect the people they love.
put your/someone's life at risk: They are putting lives at risk with their irresponsible behavior.
4. ) uncount living things such as plants and animals:
We are now beginning to believe that there may be life on other planets.
animal/plant/insect/bird life: the great variety of bird life in the area
5. ) count the period of time during which something exists or continues:
life of: During the life of this government, unemployment has increased by 5%.
a ) the period of time during which something is still good enough to be used:
life of: The average life of a television is about ten years.
6. ) uncount interesting or exciting qualities:
There isn't much life in the earlier stories.
a ) the amount of activity or excitement in a place:
There's not much life in this little town.
7. ) count in a game, one of a number of times that you can lose but still continue to play:
lose a life: When you've lost three lives, you're out.
get life: You'd expect him to get life for such a serious crime.
bring something to life
to make something exciting or interesting:
a book that brings the subject to life
come to life
to start to be exciting or interesting:
a new TV series in which history really comes to life
from life
if you draw, paint, etc. from life, you use a real object or person as your subject instead of copying a photograph or picture
get a life SPOKEN
used for telling someone that they are boring
lay down your life LITERARY
to die as a result of doing something good for other people
the life and soul (of the party) INFORMAL
someone who is very lively at social events
life begins at forty HUMOROUS
people start to enjoy life when they reach the age of forty
life goes on SPOKEN
used for encouraging someone who has had a bad experience to continue to live their normal life
life's too short SPOKEN
used for saying that you should not waste time doing things that are not important
lose your life
to die, especially in an accident or a war:
Thousands lost their lives in the first day of fighting.
the man/woman in your life OFTEN HUMOROUS
your boyfriend, husband, girlfriend, or wife:
an ideal gift for the woman in your life
the next life
an existence after death
not for the life of me SPOKEN
used for emphasizing that you cannot remember or understand something at all:
I cannot for the life of me see why he married her.
not on your life SPOKEN
used for telling someone that you will certainly not do something
of your life
used for emphasizing that something is the best, worst, etc. that you have ever experienced:
I had the fright of my life when I saw him there.
put your life in someone's hands
to put yourself in a situation where someone else is responsible for what happens to you or for whether you live or die
quality of life
how comfortable or enjoyable someone's life is:
Clean drinking water has greatly improved the villagers' quality of life.
real life
real situations that real people experience, not the situations and events in stories, movies, etc.:
in real life: We all know this would never happen in real life.
risk/sacrifice life and limb
to be put or put yourself in physical danger:
He has risked life and limb to bring us these news reports.
save someone's life
to do something that prevents someone from dying
take someone's life
to kill someone
take your own life
to kill yourself deliberately
that's life or such is life
used for encouraging someone to accept that bad things happen to everyone, not just them
this is the life SPOKEN
something you say when you are enjoying yourself and not working
the time of your life
a very enjoyable experience:
The children were having the time of their lives.
true to life
showing how life really is:
Does it matter to audiences if the storyline isn't true to life?
way of life
the way in which someone lives:
There was a whole way of life in this country that he would never understand.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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