life or get a life [līf]n.pl. lives [ME < OE līf, akin to ON líf, life, Ger leib, body < IE base * leibh-, to LIVE1]1. that property or quality of plants and animals that distinguishes them from inorganic matter or dead organisms; specif., the cellular biochemical activity or processes of an organism, characterized by the ingestion of nutrients, the storage and use of energy, the excretion of wastes, growth, reproduction, etc.2. this activity, or the state of possessing this property [brought back to life]3. a living being, esp. a human being [the lives lost in wars]4. living things collectively, often of a specified kind [plant life]5. the time a person or thing is alive or exists, or a specific portion of such time [his early life]6. a sentence of imprisonment for the rest of one's life7. one's manner of living [a life of ease]8. the activities of a given time or in a given setting, and the people who take part in them [military life]9. lives considered together as belonging to a certain class or type [high life]10.a) an individual's animate existenceb) an account of this; biographyc) a specific aspect of an individual's activities [her love life]11. the existence of the soul [eternal life]12. something essential to the continued existence of something else [freedom of speech is the life of democracy]13. the source of vigor or liveliness [the life of the party]14. vigor; liveliness; animation; vivacity15. the period of flourishing, usefulness, etc.; period during which anything lasts [fads have a short life]16. another chance17. Fine Artsa) a lifelike quality or appearanceb) representation from living models [a class in life]adj.1. for a lifetime [a life sentence]2. of or relating to the property of life [life processes]3. using live models [a life class in art]——————a matter of life and death1. something whose outcome determines whether a person lives or dies2. any extremely important matter——————as large as life or as big as life1. LIFE-SIZE2. in actual fact; truly——————bring to life1. to bring back to consciousness2. to make lively; animate——————come to life1. to recover consciousness2. to become lively or animated——————for dear lifeto, or as if to, save one's life; with a desperate intensity——————for life1. for the duration of one's life2. in order to save one's life——————for the life of meInformal even though my life were at stake on it; by any means: used in negative expressions——————from lifefrom a living model——————☆ not on your lifeInformal by no means; certainly not——————see lifeto have a wide variety of social experiences——————take lifeto kill——————take one's own life or take one's lifeto commit suicide——————☆ the life or the LifeSlang prostitution as a trade——————☆ the life of RileyInformal a very pleasant or luxurious way of living——————to the lifelike the living original; exactly——————true to lifecorresponding to what happens or exists in real life; true to reality
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.