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[lahyf-lawng, -long] /ˈlaɪfˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ/
lasting or continuing through all or much of one's life:
lifelong regret.
Origin of lifelong
1750-60; life + long1 (adv.)
Can be confused
lifelong, livelong. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lifelong
  • It's not that such a moment, one that transforms an afternoon walk into a lifelong memory, couldn't happen in another town.
  • They recognize one another and develop lifelong cooperative relationships.
  • At last, his lifelong dream of a career creating large-scale extravaganzas for princely dwellings was coming true.
  • It was part of a lifelong pattern of setting and fulfilling astronomical standards.
  • First of all, the idea that the book expires after the semester is over is defeating the purpose of lifelong education.
  • Research on educational attainment provides abundant evidence that a college education produces significant lifelong effects.
  • If there were jobs reserved for southpaws, thousands of academics would suddenly claim to be lifelong lefties.
  • Those who received this treatment contracted a mild form of the disease, developing a lifelong immunity.
  • Every day he shot with the photographers, a lifelong dream for him.
  • Ideally, a malaria vaccine would provide lifelong protection.
British Dictionary definitions for lifelong


lasting for or as if for a lifetime
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lifelong

also life-long, "continuing a lifetime," 1855, from life (n.) + long (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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