- 1. the 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" Similar Opposite
- ▪ living things and their activity: "lower forms of life" Similar
- 2. the existence of an individual human being or animal: "a disaster that claimed the lives of 266 Americans" Similar
- ▪ a particular type or aspect of people's existence: "his father decided to start a new life in California" Similar
- ▪ a biography: "a life of Shelley" Similar
- ▪ 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" Similar
- ▪ 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 spiritual pilgrimage into her past lives"
- ▪ a chance to live after narrowly escaping death (with reference to the nine lives traditionally attributed to cats): "we were called to the hospital, but the old rogue had nine lives and seemed to be negotiating for another two"
- 3. the period between the birth and death of a living thing, especially a human being: "she has lived all her life in the country" Similar
- ▪ the period during which something inanimate or abstract continues to exist, function, or be valid: "underlay helps to prolong the life of a carpet" Similar
- ▪ a sentence of imprisonment for life. informal
- 4. vitality, vigor, or energy: "she was beautiful and full of life" Similar
- 5. (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"
Word Origin Old Englishlīf, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lijf, German Leib ‘body’, also to live1.
Scrabble Points: 7
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