life Definition

  • 1the condition that distinguishes living things from non-living things, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death
  • 2the existence of an individual human being or animal
  • 3the period between birth and death
  • 4the state of being alive as a human being

Using life: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "life" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The purpose of life is to be happy.

  • Example

    She saved his life by performing CPR.

  • Example

    He lived a long and fulfilling life.

  • Example

    The plant came to life after being watered.

life Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for life

Idioms Using life

  • to revive or rejuvenate something that has become dull or lifeless


    The new CEO breathed life into the struggling company with innovative ideas and strategies.

  • to become animated or lively


    The party came to life when the music started playing and people started dancing.

  • to provide someone with an extremely enjoyable experience


    The vacation gave us the time of our lives with unforgettable memories and experiences.

Phrases with life

  • the standard of health, comfort, and happiness experienced by an individual or group


    The government aims to improve the quality of life for its citizens.

  • the average period that a person may expect to live


    Life expectancy has increased significantly in the last century due to advances in medicine and technology.

  • the series of changes in the life of an organism, including reproduction and growth


    The life cycle of a butterfly involves four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.


Summary: life in Brief

The term 'life' [laɪf] refers to the condition that distinguishes living things from non-living things, including growth, reproduction, and continual change. It also denotes the existence of an individual human being or animal, and the period between birth and death. Phrases like 'quality of life' and 'life cycle' extend the concept, while idioms like 'breathe life into something' and 'give someone the time of their life' add figurative meaning.

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