life

[ lahyf ]
/ laɪf /

noun, plural lives [lahyvz] /laɪvz/.

adjective

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Idioms for life

Origin of life

before 900; Middle English lif(e); Old English līf; cognate with Dutch lijf, German Leib body, Old Norse līf life, body; akin to live1

SYNONYMS FOR life

ANTONYMS FOR life

OTHER WORDS FROM life

pre·life, adjectiveun·der·life, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for for the life of one

life
/ (laɪf) /

noun plural lives (laɪvz)

Word Origin for life

Old English līf; related to Old High German lib, Old Norse līf life, body
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Medical definitions for for the life of one

life
[ līf ]

n. pl. lives (līvz)

The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism.
The characteristic state or condition of a living organism.
Living organisms considered as a group.
A living being, especially a person.
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Scientific definitions for for the life of one

life
[ līf ]

The properties or qualities that distinguish living plants and organisms from dead or inanimate matter, including the capacity to grow, metabolize nutrients, respond to stimuli, reproduce, and adapt to the environment. The definitive beginning and end of human life are complex concepts informed by medical, legal, sociological, and religious considerations.
Living organisms considered as a group, such as the plants or animals of a given region.
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Idioms and Phrases with for the life of one (1 of 2)

for the life of one

Although trying hard, as in I can't for the life of me remember his name. This expression is always used hyperbolically, that is, one's life is not at all endangered. [Late 1700s]

Idioms and Phrases with for the life of one (2 of 2)

life

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