Origin of word life: Middle English from Old English l?f, akin to Old Norse líf, life, German leib, body from Indo-European base an unverified form leibh-, to live.
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life | noun pl. lives
- that property or quality of plants and animals that distinguishes them from inorganic matter or dead organisms; specif., the cellular biochemical activity or processes of an organism, as the ingestion of nutrients, the storage and use of energy, the excretion of wastes, growth, reproduction, etc.
- this activity, or the state of possessing this property: brought back to life
- a living being, esp. a human being: the lives lost in wars
- living things collectively, often of a specified kind: plant life
- the time a person or thing is alive or exists, or a specific portion of such time: his early life
- a sentence of imprisonment for the rest of one’s life
- one’s manner of living: a life of ease
- the activities of a given time or in a given setting, and the people who take part in them: military life
- lives considered together as belonging to a certain class or type: high life
- an individual’s animate existence
- an account of this; biography
- a specific aspect of an individual’s activities: her love life
- the existence of the soul: eternal life
- something essential to the continued existence of something else: freedom of speech is the life of democracy
- the source of vigor or liveliness: the life of the party
- vigor; liveliness; animation; vivacity
- the period of flourishing, usefulness, etc.; period during which anything lasts: fads have a short life
- another chance
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- a lifelike quality or appearance
- representation from living models: a class in life