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[lahyf-lahyk] /ˈlaɪfˌlaɪk/
resembling or simulating real life:
a lifelike portrait.
Origin of lifelike
1605-15; life + -like
Related forms
lifelikeness, noun
unlifelike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lifelike
  • Both tried to replicate real human faces with lifelike expressions.
  • Sculptors and artists designed lifelike masks for gravely wounded soldiers.
  • It dawned on him that he wanted to work with adult characters in lifelike relationships.
  • Her left eye, the only one visible in the profile, had a lifelike translucency.
  • Since then, racing games have given us ever-more lifelike physics, graphics and artificial intelligence.
  • There are always some addled viewers who can't quite keep straight the difference between lifelike comedy and everyday life.
  • Advertising billboards, which are everywhere, now feature lifelike electronic people who are the size of giants.
  • He found poker more lifelike, its tactics gratifyingly similar to those deployed by generals and presidents.
  • Eric in particular turns almost lifelike when things stop being so easy for him and when his actions begin to have consequences.
  • And it winds up sounding lifelike and authoritative if not comprehensive.
British Dictionary definitions for lifelike


closely resembling or representing life
Derived Forms
lifelikeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lifelike

1610s, "likely to live," from life (n.) + like (adj.). Meaning "exactly like the living original" is from 1725.

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