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life US English

The condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death

life US Thesaurus

the joy of giving life to a child

end one's days US English

Spend the final part of one’s existence in a specified place or state

the struggle for existence US English

The competition between organisms, especially as an element in natural selection, or between people seeking a livelihood

a-life US English

Short for artificial life.

half-life US English

The time taken for the radioactivity of a specified isotope to fall to half its original value

high life US English

An extravagant social life as enjoyed by the wealthy

home life US English

A person’s family, personal relationships, and domestic interests considered as a whole

see life US English

Gain a wide experience of the world, especially its more pleasurable aspects

to the life US English

Exactly like the original

life form US English

Any living thing

life list US English

A list of all the kinds of birds observed by a person during his or her life

life peer US English

(In the UK) a peer whose title cannot be inherited

life raft US English

A raft, typically inflatable, for use in an emergency at sea

life-size US English

Of the same size as the person or thing represented

life span US English

The length of time for which a person or animal lives or a thing functions

long-life US English

(Of food) treated so as to stay fresh for longer than usual

love life US English

The area of a person’s life concerning their relationships with lovers

non-life US English

The absence or cessation of life or existence

pond life US English

The animals, especially the invertebrates, that live in ponds or stagnant water

pro-life US English

Opposing abortion and euthanasia

real life US English

Life as it is lived in reality, involving unwelcome as well as welcome experiences, as distinct from a fictional world

sex life US English

A person’s sexual activity and relationships considered as a whole

true-life US English

True to life; realistic

animal life US English

Animals collectively, especially those native to a particular region, habitat, or geological period

daily life US English

The activities and experiences that constitute a person’s normal existence

future life US English

A future state or existence, especially seen as very different from the present

that's life US English

An expression of one’s acceptance of a situation, however difficult

life coach US English

A person who counsels and encourages clients on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges

life cycle US English

The series of changes in the life of an organism, including reproduction

life force US English

The force or influence that gives something its vitality or strength

life-giving US English

Sustaining or revitalizing life

Life Guards US English

(In the UK) a regiment of the Household Cavalry

life jacket US English

A sleeveless buoyant or inflatable jacket for keeping a person afloat in water

life member US English

A person who has lifelong membership in a society

life office US English

An office or company dealing in life insurance

life policy US English

A life insurance policy

life-saving US English

Serving or intended to save a person’s life, especially from illness or injury

life skill US English

A skill that is necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life

life table US English

A table of statistics relating to life expectancy and mortality for a given category of people

middle life US English

Middle age

plant life US English

Plants collectively, especially those native to a particular region, habitat, or geological period

shelf life US English

The length of time for which an item remains usable, fit for consumption, or saleable

still life US English

A painting or drawing of an arrangement of objects, typically including fruit and flowers and objects contrasting with these in texture, such as bowls and glassware

whole-life US English

Relating to or denoting a life insurance policy that pays a specified amount only on the death of the person insured

Life Guards New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

regiment of the Household Cavalry


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