The condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death
Spend the final part of one’s existence in a specified place or state
The competition between organisms, especially as an element in natural selection, or between people seeking a livelihood
the joy of giving life to a child
Of or relating to both work and personal life; designating the relationship between the two. Especially in work–life balance.
Short for artificial life.
Life as experienced in a city, especially when contrasted with that in a small town, village, etc.; the lifestyle regarded as typical of the inhabitants of a city.
The life of a germ, or life at the stage of a germ.
A life of luxury, pleasure, or material comfort.
The time taken for the radioactivity of a specified isotope to fall to half its original value
An extravagant social life as enjoyed by the wealthy
A person’s family, personal relationships, and domestic interests considered as a whole
Of, relating to, or occurring relatively late in a person's life.
Gain a wide experience of the world, especially its more pleasurable aspects
Exactly like the original
US long-term residential care, especially for the elderly, in which accommodation and medical services are purchased for life; frequently attributive.
= life string (in modern use especially a spinal or umbilical cord); also in extended use.
Any living thing
A gun used for sending a communication line or lifesaving apparatus to a vessel in distress.
A list of all the kinds of birds observed by a person during his or her life
A cast (in plaster or a similar material) taken from the face of a living person.
A net used to save the life of a falling person, especially a safety net held by rescuers to catch people jumping from a burning building.
(In the UK) a peer whose title cannot be inherited
A raft, typically inflatable, for use in an emergency at sea
The rate or sum for which a life may be insured.
(More fully life root plant) golden ragwort, Packera aurea, used medicinally for a wide variety of complaints.
To rescue (a person, etc.) from death, especially from death by drowning; to act towards as a lifesaver.
A seat in a legislative body, on a company board, etc., which may be held for life.
Of the same size as the person or thing represented
The length of time for which a person or animal lives or a thing functions
Chiefly poetic the duration of a person's (or animal's, etc.) life, a lifetime (now rare).
A test made on a sample of manufactured products or components in specified operating conditions, either for a certain length of time or until failure occurs, in order to determine their reliability; (also, as a mass noun) testing of this kind.
To perform a life test upon (a product or component).
The tide or stream of (one's) life (now rare and archaic).
= tree of life.
A zone in which life occurs, or in which the greatest number of living organisms may be found; (specifically) that down to a certain depth in the sea.
(Of food) treated so as to stay fresh for longer than usual
The area of a person’s life concerning their relationships with lovers
The absence or cessation of life or existence
Inanimate matter, especially as contrasted with something living.
Belonging to the Palaeozoic era.
The part of a person's life already lived; (also, in later use) the part of it before a significant change in lifestyle or circumstances.
The animals, especially the invertebrates, that live in ponds or stagnant water
The length of time that a glue, resin, etc., remains usable after preparation.
Opposing abortion and euthanasia
The culture of pubs and pub-goers.
Life as it is lived in reality, involving unwelcome as well as welcome experiences, as distinct from a fictional world
The life, experiences, and circumstances of those ‘on the road’, as musicians, entertainers, etc. (see on the road at phrases 4(c)).
A person’s sexual activity and relationships considered as a whole
Life in a town; specifically the social life of a town.