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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.


Synonymsliving


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


Attributelively

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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