- 1The duration of a person’s life: a reward for a lifetime’s workMore example sentences
- But, in imposing the lifetime ban, the chairman of the bench said the measure was necessary to protect other animals.
- Our wars have taken from us the men and women we honor today and every hour of the lifetimes they had hoped to live.
- Detention without any charges and without any court review can last an entire lifetime.
- 1.1The duration of a thing’s existence or usefulness: fifteen shops closed during the lifetime of the schemeMore example sentences
- Today, at the start of the 21st century, human lifetimes are being extended while the lifetimes of new technologies are becoming shorter and shorter.
- Then, they make sure those roofs get the attention they deserve to extend their useful lifetimes.
- The potential for improved radiation resistance of thin-film solar cells relative to single-crystal cells could extend the mission lifetimes substantially.
- 1.2 • informal A very long period of time: five weeks was a lifetime, anything could have happenedMore example sentences
- It took a lifetime for the elevator doors to open on my floor, and it took another lifetime to walk to my apartment door.
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- (Of a chance or experience) such as does not occur more than once in a person’s life: because of Frankie she had rejected the opportunity of a lifetimeMore example sentences
- Budding young thespians auditioned for the chance of a trip of a lifetime to Italy.
- It is a dilemma which is denying promising competitors the chance of a lifetime, and has even divided families.
- Two Mayo people had what can only be described as the most emotional experience of a lifetime.