|1.||[ noun ] a characteristic state or mode of living|
"social life" "city life" "real life"
|Related terms:||being ghetto|
|2.||[ noun ] the experience of living; the course of human events and activities|
"he could no longer cope with the complexities of life"
|Related terms:||experience live|
|3.||[ noun ] the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living|
"he hoped for a new life in Australia" "he wanted to live his own life without interference from others"
|4.||[ noun ] the condition of living or the state of being alive|
|Synonyms:||living aliveness animation|
"while there's life there's hope" "life depends on many chemical and physical processes"
|Related terms:||being survival eternal_life skin be dead alive|
|5.||[ noun ] the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death)|
"the battery had a short life" "he lived a long and happy life"
|Related terms:||time_period afterlife life_expectancy death birth age time_of_life|
|6.||[ noun ] the period between birth and the present time|
"I have known him all his life"
|Related terms:||time_period past|
|7.||[ noun ] animation and energy in action or expression|
|Synonyms:||spirit sprightliness liveliness|
"it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
|Related terms:||animation exuberance energy breeziness high-spiritedness alacrity airiness irrepressibility esprit elan pep spirit lively|
|8.||[ noun ] (biology) living things collectively|
"the oceans are teeming with life"
|Related terms:||life_form wildlife|
|9.||[ noun ] the period from the present until death|
"he appointed himself emperor for life"
|Related terms:||time_period days|
|10.||[ noun ] a living person|
"his heroism saved a life"
|11.||[ noun ] (biology) the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones|
"there is no life on the moon"
|Related terms:||organic_phenomenon aerobiosis biology|
|12.||[ noun ] (writing) an account of the series of events making up a person's life|
|Synonyms:||biography life_history life_story|
|Related terms:||history profile parallel_lives hagiography autobiography|
|13.||[ noun ] a motive for living|
"pottery was his life"
|14.||[ noun ] a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives|
"he got life for killing the guard"