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Definition 1: living things collectively - [noun denoting tops]

Samples where life or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the oceans are teeming with life

(life is a kind of ...) a living (or once living) entity

(... is a kind of life ) all living things (except people) that are undomesticated

"chemicals could kill all the wildlife"

Definition 2: animation and energy in action or expression - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where life or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it

Synonyms for life in the sense of this definition

(life is a kind of ...) quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous

(... is a kind of life ) liveliness and energy

"this tonic is guaranteed to give you more pep"

(... is a kind of life ) overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval

(... is a kind of life ) exuberant liveliness

(... is a kind of life ) irrepressible liveliness and good spirit

"I admired his buoyancy and persistent good humor"

(... is a kind of life ) a breezy liveliness

"a delightful breeziness of manner"

(... is a kind of life ) liveliness of mind or spirit

(... is a kind of life ) enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness

"a performance of great elan and sophistication"

(... is a kind of life ) an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing)

"his writing conveys great energy" "a remarkable muscularity of style"

(... is a kind of life ) liveliness and eagerness

"he accepted with alacrity" "the smartness of the pace soon exhausted him"

(... is a kind of life ) lightness in movement or manner

(... is a kind of life ) quality of being lively and confident

"there was a pertness about her that attracted him"

(... are attributes of life) full of life and energy

"a lively discussion" "lively and attractive parents" "a lively party"

Definition 3: the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where life or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he could no longer cope with the complexities of life

Synonyms for life in the sense of this definition

(life is a kind of ...) the content of direct observation or participation in an event

"he had a religious experience" "he recalled the experience vividly"

Definition 4: an account of the series of events making up a person's life - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for life in the sense of this definition

(life is a kind of ...) a record or narrative description of past events

"a history of France" "he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president" "the story of exposure to lead"

(... is a kind of life ) a biography of yourself

(... is a kind of life ) a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)

(... is a kind of life ) biographical sketch

(... is an instance of life) a collection of biographies of famous pairs of Greeks and Romans written by Plutarch; used by Shakespeare in writing some of his plays

Definition 5: a motive for living - [noun denoting motive]

Samples where life or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pottery was his life

(life is a kind of ...) the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior

"we did not understand his motivation" "he acted with the best of motives"

Definition 6: a living person - [noun denoting person]

Samples where life or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his heroism saved a life

(life is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

Definition 7: the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where life or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there is no life on the moon

(life is a kind of ...) (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals

(... is a kind of life ) characteristic life processes and phenomena of living organisms

"the biology of viruses"

(... is a kind of life ) life sustained in the presence of air or oxygen

Definition 8: the condition of living or the state of being alive - [noun denoting state]

Samples where life or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • while there's life there's hope
  • life depends on many chemical and physical processes

Synonyms for life in the sense of this definition

(life is a kind of ...) the state or fact of existing

"a point of view gradually coming into being" "laws in existence for centuries" "he appeared on the face of the earth one day"

(... is a kind of life ) life without beginning or end

(... is a kind of life ) a person's skin regarded as their life

"he tried to save his skin"

(... is a kind of life ) a state of surviving; remaining alive

(... are attributes of life) possessing life

"the happiest person alive" "the nerve is alive" "doctors are working hard to keep him alive" "burned alive" "a live canary"

(... are attributes of life) no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life

"the nerve is dead" "a dead pallor" "he was marked as a dead man by the assassin"

Definition 9: a characteristic state or mode of living - [noun denoting state]

Samples where life or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • social life
  • city life
  • real life

(life is a kind of ...) the state or fact of existing

"a point of view gradually coming into being" "laws in existence for centuries" "he appeared on the face of the earth one day"

(... is a kind of life ) any segregated mode of living or working that results from bias or stereotyping

"the relative security of the gay ghetto" "no escape from the ghetto of the typing pool"

Definition 10: the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living - [noun denoting state]

Samples where life or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he hoped for a new life in Australia
  • he wanted to live his own life without interference from others
  • get a life!
  • he is trying to rebuild his life

(life is a kind of ...) the state or fact of existing

"a point of view gradually coming into being" "laws in existence for centuries" "he appeared on the face of the earth one day"

Definition 11: the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death) - [noun denoting time]

Samples where life or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the battery had a short life
  • he lived a long and happy life

Synonyms for life in the sense of this definition

(life is a kind of ...) an amount of time

"a time period of 30 years" "hastened the period of time of his recovery" "Picasso's blue period"

(... is a kind of life ) life after death

(life is a part of ...) the time when something begins (especially life)

"they divorced after the birth of the child" "his election signaled the birth of a new age"

(life is a part of ...) the time when something ends

"it was the death of all his plans" "a dying of old hopes"

(life is a part of ...) a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state

(life is a part of ...) a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises

"she was now of school age" "tall for his eld"

Definition 12: the period between birth and the present time - [noun denoting time]

Samples where life or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I have known him all his life

(life is a kind of ...) an amount of time

"a time period of 30 years" "hastened the period of time of his recovery" "Picasso's blue period"

(life is a part of ...) a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)

"reporters dug into the candidate's past"

Definition 13: the period from the present until death - [noun denoting time]

Samples where life or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he appointed himself emperor for life

(life is a kind of ...) an amount of time

"a time period of 30 years" "hastened the period of time of his recovery" "Picasso's blue period"

(... is a kind of life ) the time during which someone's life continues

"the monarch's last days" "in his final years"

Definition 14: a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives - [noun denoting time]

Samples where life or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he got life for killing the guard

Synonyms for life in the sense of this definition

(life is a kind of ...) the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned

"he served a prison term of 15 months" "his sentence was 5 to 10 years" "he is doing time in the county jail"

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