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Pronunciation: /laɪf/

Translation of life in Spanish:

noun/nombre (plural lives)

  • 1 c and u (existence) vida (feminine) I spend my whole life picking up after you me paso la vida recogiendo lo que dejas tirado never in my life have I been so embarrassed en la vida había pasado tanta vergüenza it will last you for life te durará toda la vida maimed for life lisiado de por vida a post held for life un cargo vitalicio I'd like to live here for the rest of my life me gustaría vivir aquí el resto de mis días he came to politics early in life empezó su carrera política en su juventud in later life she entered a convent más tarde or más adelante se hizo monja at my time of life a mi edad, con la edad que tengo he began life as a car salesman empezó vendiendo coches eternal o everlasting life la vida eterna departed this life May 17 1988 [formal] dejó de existir el 17 de mayo de 1988 [formal] the man/woman in your life el hombre/la mujer de tu vida to have the time of one's life divertirse* como nunca or [colloquial/familiar] de lo lindo life's been unkind to him la vida lo ha tratado mal to live life to the full vivir la vida al máximo to see life ver* mundo you can bet your life we'll be late! [colloquial/familiar] ¡te apuesto lo que quieras a que llegamos tarde! they laid down their lives for their country dieron su vida por la patria to lose one's life perder* la vida no lives were lost no hubo muertos or víctimas mortales, nadie perdió la vida there was appalling loss of life hubo muchísimas víctimas mortales, hubo muchísimos muertos to risk one's life arriesgar* la vida to save sb's life salvarle la vida a algn to take sb's life [formal] darle* muerte a algn [formal] to take one's (own) life [formal] quitarse la vida [formal] a matter of life and death una cuestión de vida o muerte a life-and-death decision una decisión de vida o muerte as large as life en carne y hueso he couldn't darn a sock to save his life no sería capaz de zurcir un calcetín ni aun si le fuera la vida en ello larger than life the characters are all larger than life todos los personajes son creaciones que desbordan la realidad he was a larger-than-life character/Australian era un personaje exuberante/un australiano caricaturesco not for the life of one I can't remember for the life of me no me puedo acordar por nada del mundo not on your life! ¡ni muerto! the power of life and death critics hold the power of life and death over a production los críticos tienen el poder de levantar o hundir una obra to cling/hold on for dear life aferrarse/agarrarse desesperadamente to fight/run for one's life they had to run for their lives tuvieron que correr como alma que lleva el diablo run for your lives! ¡sálvese quien pueda! he was fighting for (his) life in a London hospital se debatía entre la vida y la muerte en un hospital de Londres to frighten o scare the life out of sb darle* or pegarle* un susto mortal a algn (to have) the shock of one's life (llevarse) el susto de su ( or mi etc) vida she gave the performance of her life actuó como nunca to risk life and limb arriesgar* la vida to take one's life in one's hands jugarse* la vida life begins at 40 la vida comienza a los 40 (before noun/delante del nombre) [member/pension/president] vitalicio life insurance policy póliza (feminine) de seguro de vida my life story la historia de mi vida
    Example sentences
    • Those of us who presume to speak for the lives of individual animals need to observe our subjects very carefully indeed.
    • One of the defining evils of terrorism is that it uses human beings' lives to send a political message.
    • So he owes us an explanation why only the lives of human beings are sacred.
    Example sentences
    • Meanwhile new moments in the life of the nation continue to inspire songs.
    • This refers to the life of the machine and cannot be transferred to the next one you purchase.
    • The lids seal tight, prolonging the shelf life of the contents.
  • 2 uncountable/no numerable 2.1 (vital force) vida (feminine) it brings the history of this period to life hace cobrar vida a este período de la historia to bring sb back to life resucitar a algn a shower brings me back to life una ducha me deja como nuevo or me revive to come to life [party] animarse [puppet/doll] cobrar vida 2.2 (vitality) vida (feminine), vitalidad (feminine) the measures injected new life into the economy las medidas revitalizaron la economía there's life in the old dog yet [humorous/humorístico] tengo ( or tiene) mucho espíritu a pesar de los años to be the life o (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) the life and soul of the party ser* el alma de la fiesta
    Example sentences
    • The juxtaposition of my somewhat flatly morbid work with the life and vitality of the farm is quite provoking.
    • The two of them together are a dynamic team, full of energy, life and very headstrong.
    • They were full of energy and life and argued their convictions against the war convincingly.
  • 3 uncountable/no numerable (lifestyle) vida (feminine) we lead a quiet life llevamos una vida tranquila married life la vida de casado he's too fond of the good life es demasiado aficionado a la buena vida the high life la vida mundana this is the life (for me)! ¡esto sí que es vida! oh, anything for a quiet life mira, lo que sea, con tal de que me dejen ( or dejes etc) en paz get a life! [colloquial/familiar] [usu pej] ¡vive la vida! to live the life of Riley darse* la gran vida, vivir a cuerpo de rey (before noun/delante del nombre) life event acontecimiento (masculine) vital or de la vida life membership miembro vitalicio, (masculine, feminine)
    Example sentences
    • Their polytheistic view influenced every aspect of their daily lives.
    • Much progress have been achieved in all aspects of their daily lives.
    • Have we forgotten that interaction and association are important factors in the social lives of humans?
  • 4 uncountable/no numerable (living things) vida (feminine) animal/plant life vida animal/vegetal
    Example sentences
    • The hedge is teeming with wild bird life and just now, at the height of the nesting season, a model of industry.
    • As they entered, they walked through a hallway and into the living room in search of a sign of life.
    • The tide was way out and most of the bird life was as well, but I was happy to wait and see how the rising tide would affect them.
  • 6 uncountable/no numerable (imprisonment) [colloquial/familiar] cadena (feminine) perpetua he got life lo condenaron a cadena perpetua
    Example sentences
    • He was sentenced to life and is currently in Wakefield top security prison.
    • In England and Wales the same offence is treated as rape where the maximum sentence can be life.
    • He was sentenced to life in December last year for the murders of the girls.
  • 7 uncountable/no numerable [Art/Arte] to paint/draw from life pintar/dibujar del natural (before noun/delante del nombre) [drawing] del natural (before noun/delante del nombre) life class clase (feminine) (de dibujo or pintura etc) con modelo vivo
    Example sentences
    • It took him a mere two hours to sculpt his subject from life in wax before going on to mould the likeness in his unique paste.
    • The large back room features portraits drawn from life - the actual rather than the ideal.
    • As a result it became a real practical proposition to use the apparatus for making drawings from life.
  • 8 countable/numerable (biography) vida (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • He also began work on his life of 17th century biographer and antiquarian John Aubrey.
    • There were various poems, legends, saint's lives, chronicles and similar literature.

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