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noun (plural lives /līvz/)
1the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death:the origins of life living things and their activity:some sort of life existed on Mars lower forms of life the ice-cream vendors were the only signs of life [with adjective or noun modifier] a particular type or aspect of people’s existence:an experienced teacher will help you settle into school life revelations about his private life his father decided to start a new life in California vitality, vigor, or energy:she was beautiful and full of life 2the existence of an individual human being or animal:a disaster that claimed the lives of 266 Americans she didn’t want to die; she loved life a biography:a life of Shelley either of the two states of a person’s existence separated by death (as in Christianity and some other religious traditions):too much happiness in this life could reduce the chances of salvation in the next any of a number of successive existences in which a soul is held to be reincarnated (as in Hinduism and some other religious traditions). a chance to live after narrowly escaping death (especially with reference to the nine lives traditionally attributed to cats). 3
(usually one's life
) the period between the birth and death of a living thing, especially a human being:she has lived all her life in the country I want to be with you for the rest of my life they became friends for life
the period during which something inanimate or abstract continues to exist, function, or be valid:underlay helps to prolong the life of a carpet informal a sentence of imprisonment for life. 4(in art) the depiction of a subject from a real model, rather than from an artist’s imagination:the pose and clothing were sketched from life [as modifier]:life drawingSee also still life.
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