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Definition of "life" [life]

  • 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)
  • The characteristic state or condition of a living organism. (noun)
  • Living organisms considered as a group: plant life; marine life. (noun)
  • A living being, especially a person: an earthquake that claimed hundreds of lives. (noun)
  • The physical, mental, and spiritual experiences that constitute existence: the artistic life of a writer. (noun)
  • The state or quality that distinguishes living beings or organisms from dead ones and from inorganic matter, characterized chiefly by metabolism, growth, and the ability to reproduce and respond to stimuli (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The period between birth and death (noun)
  • A living person or being (noun)
  • The time between birth and the present time (noun)
  • The remainder or extent of one's life (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The amount of time that something is active or functioning (noun)
  • A present condition, state, or mode of existence (noun)
  • A biography (noun)
  • A characteristic state or mode of existence (noun)
  • The sum or course of human events and activities (noun)
  • Liveliness or high spirits (noun)
  • A source of strength, animation, or vitality (noun)
  • All living things, taken as a whole (noun)
  • Sparkle, as of wines (noun)
  • Strong or high flavour, as of fresh food (noun)
  • Drawn or taken from a living model (noun)
  • (in certain games) one of a number of opportunities of participation (noun)

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Use "life" in a sentence
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  • "This is your life flashing before your eyes, this is your ~life~ passing you by."
  • "This literature tends to show subjects 'self-ratings of well-being or happiness are based partly on pleasure, partly on the absence of negative affect, and partly on their views of how well they are achieving the ends they regard as important in life (their ˜life satisfaction™)."