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- UK [laɪf] / US
Word forms "life":
singular life plural lives UK [laɪvz] / USMetaphor:Life is like a journey, and your experiences are like different parts of a journey. Dying is like travelling to another place. The baby arrived just after midnight. ♦ He came into the world in 1703. ♦ I set out to become a doctor, but it never worked out. ♦ She went through life without ever knowing the truth. ♦ It's all been an uphill struggle. ♦ We seem to be at a crossroads. ♦ His life took an unexpected direction. ♦ He embarked on a new career. ♦ You've got to move on and forget about what's happened. ♦ Will they go the distance? ♦ She's well on the way to recovery. ♦ They're over the hill now. ♦ His grandmother passed away/on last year. ♦ They remembered the departed in their prayers. Events in your life are like games, with people trying to win, or with things happening by chance. I'm on a winning/losing streak. ♦ You win some, you lose some. ♦ It's all been a race against time. ♦ This is not a level playing field. ♦ They're planning to drop out of the rat race. ♦ Is he in/out of the running? ♦ The election will be a one-horse race. ♦ They asked, but their parents wouldn't play ball. ♦ This development has been on/in the cards for some time. ♦ If you play your cards right, you shouldn't have any problems. ♦ The cards were stacked against us. ♦ Then they played their trump card and we gave in. ♦ We just had a lucky throw of the dice. ♦ All bets are off – nobody knows what will happen now. ➡ situation1) [countable/uncountable] the period of time from someone's birth until their death
She devoted her life to helping others.spend your life:
He had a long and happy life.in (all) your life:
Don't spend your whole life worrying about money.all your life:
I have never been so disappointed in my life.early life (= the time when you are a child):
She's lived in California all her life.adult life (= the time when you are an adult):
He spent his early life in Malaysia.in later life (= towards the end of someone's life):
He lived most of his adult life in prison.late in life (= at a time in your life that is later than usual):
It was in later life that he wrote some of his best poems.for life (= continuing through your whole life):
She got married late in life.
The accident left her scarred for life.See:2) [countable, usually singular] your particular way of living and the experiences that you have
His life revolves around his children.lead a happy/normal/interesting etc life:
It was an event that would change his life forever.a hard life (= a difficult life):
I just want to be able to lead a normal life.
She looks like someone who's had a very hard life.a) [countable/uncountable] the events and experiences that are typical of a particular place or group of peoplecity/village/prison/university etc life:
I had no idea what life with a baby would be like.the life of someone:
Escape from the bustle and noise of city life for a while.married life (= the time when you are married or the life that you have):
The life of a film star is not always a glamorous one.
How's married life suiting you?b) [uncountable] the events and experiences that happen to people in general
He's a person who really loves life.see life (= experience a lot of different things):
His mother has a great enthusiasm for life.
You really see life in my job.3) [countable/uncountable] the state of being aliveclaim lives (= kill people):
He believed his life was in danger.risk your life:
The disease is still claiming thousands of lives every year.put your/someone's life at risk:
They risk their lives to protect the people they love.
They are putting lives at risk with their irresponsible behaviour.4) [uncountable] living things such as plants and animalsanimal/plant/insect/bird life:
We are now beginning to believe that there may be life on other planets.
the great variety of bird life in the area5)a) [singular] the period of time during which something exists or continueslife of:
During the life of this government, unemployment has increased by 5%.b) the period of time during which something is still good enough to be usedlife of:
The average life of a television is about ten years.6)a) [uncountable] the amount of activity or excitement in a place
There's not much life in this village.b) interesting or exciting qualities
The early stories are full of life.7) [countable] in a game, one of a number of times that you can lose but still continue to playlose a life:
When you've lost three lives, you're out.8) [uncountable] life imprisonmentget life:
You'd expect him to get life for such a serious crime.•
the life and soul (of the party)— informal someone who is very lively at social events
the man/woman in your life— often humorous your boyfriend, husband, girlfriend, or wife
an ideal gift for the woman in your life
risk/sacrifice life and limb— to be put, or to put yourself, in physical danger
He has risked life and limb to bring us these news reports.See:
English dictionary. 2014.