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English noun: life

1. life (state) a characteristic state or mode of living

SamplesSocial life.
City life.
Real life.

Broader (hypernym)being, beingness, existence

Narrower (hyponym)ghetto

2. life (cognition) the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities

SamplesHe could no longer cope with the complexities of life.


Broader (hypernym)experience

3. life (state) the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living

SamplesHe hoped for a new life in Australia.
He wanted to live his own life without interference from others.

Broader (hypernym)being, beingness, existence

4. life (state) the condition of living or the state of being alive

SamplesWhile there's life there's hope.
Life depends on many chemical and physical processes.

Synonymsaliveness, animation, living

Broader (hypernym)being, beingness, existence

Narrower (hyponym)endurance, eternal life, life eternal, skin, survival

Attributealive, dead, live

5. life (time) the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death)

SamplesThe battery had a short life.
He lived a long and happy life.

Synonymslife-time, lifespan, lifetime

Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period

Narrower (hyponym)afterlife, hereafter

Part holonymage, birth, death, demise, dying, eld, time of life

6. life (time) the period between birth and the present time

SamplesI have known him all his life.

Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period

Part holonympast

7. life (time) the period from the present until death

SamplesHe appointed himself emperor for life.

Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period

Narrower (hyponym)days, years

8. life (person) a living person

SamplesHis heroism saved a life.

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

9. life (attribute) animation and energy in action or expression

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

Synonymsliveliness, spirit, sprightliness

Broader (hypernym)animation, brio, invigoration, spiritedness, vivification

Narrower (hyponym)airiness, alacrity, breeziness, briskness, buoyancy, delicacy, ebullience, elan, energy, enthusiasm, esprit, exuberance, ginger, high-spiritedness, irrepressibility, jauntiness, muscularity, pep, peppiness, pertness, smartness, vigor, vigour, vim


10. life living things collectively

SamplesThe oceans are teeming with life.

Broader (hypernym)animate thing, living thing

Narrower (hyponym)wildlife

11. life (phenomenon) the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones

SamplesThere is no life on the moon.

Broader (hypernym)organic phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)aerobiosis, biology

12. life (communication) an account of the series of events making up a person's life

Synonymsbiography, life history, life story

Broader (hypernym)account, chronicle, history, story

Narrower (hyponym)autobiography, hagiography, profile

Instance hyponymParallel Lives

13. life (motive) a motive for living

SamplesPottery was his life.

Broader (hypernym)motivation, motive, need

14. life (time) a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives

SamplesHe got life for killing the guard.

Synonymslife sentence

Broader (hypernym)prison term, sentence, time

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