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UK [laɪf] / US noun
Word forms "life":
singular life plural lives UK [laɪvz] / US
Metaphor:
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.  situation
1) [countable/uncountable] the period of time from someone's birth until their death

She devoted her life to helping others.

He had a long and happy life.

spend your life:

Don't spend your whole life worrying about money.

in (all) your life:

I have never been so disappointed in my life.

all your life:

She's lived in California all her life.

early life (= the time when you are a child):

He spent his early life in Malaysia.

adult life (= the time when you are an adult):

He lived most of his adult life in prison.

in later life (= towards the end of someone's life):

It was in later life that he wrote some of his best poems.

late in life (= at a time in your life that is later than usual):

She got married late in life.

for life (= continuing through your whole 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.

It was an event that would change his life forever.

lead a happy/normal/interesting etc life:

I just want to be able to lead a normal life.

a hard life (= a difficult 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 people

I had no idea what life with a baby would be like.

city/village/prison/university etc life:

Escape from the bustle and noise of city life for a while.

the life of someone:

The life of a film star is not always a glamorous one.

married life (= the time when you are married or the life that you have):

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.

His mother has a great enthusiasm for life.

see life (= experience a lot of different things):

You really see life in my job.

3) [countable/uncountable] the state of being alive

He believed his life was in danger.

claim lives (= kill people):

The disease is still claiming thousands of lives every year.

risk your life:

They risk their lives to protect the people they love.

put your/someone's life at risk:

They are putting lives at risk with their irresponsible behaviour.

4) [uncountable] living things such as plants and animals

We are now beginning to believe that there may be life on other planets.

animal/plant/insect/bird life:

the great variety of bird life in the area

5)
a) [singular] the period of time during which something exists or continues
life 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 used
life 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 play
lose a life:

When you've lost three lives, you're out.

8) [uncountable] life imprisonment
get 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:
come I, frighten, lose, matter I, quality of life, real life, save I, true I, way of life

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