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lives

[lahyvz] /laɪvz/
noun
1.
plural of life.

life

[lahyf] /laɪf/
noun, plural lives
[lahyvz] /laɪvz/ (Show IPA)
1.
the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.
2.
the sum of the distinguishing phenomena of organisms, especially metabolism, growth, reproduction, and adaptation to environment.
3.
the animate existence or period of animate existence of an individual:
to risk one's life; a short life and a merry one.
4.
a corresponding state, existence, or principle of existence conceived of as belonging to the soul:
eternal life.
5.
the general or universal condition of human existence:
Too bad, but life is like that.
6.
any specified period of animate existence:
a man in middle life.
7.
the period of existence, activity, or effectiveness of something inanimate, as a machine, lease, or play:
The life of the car may be ten years.
8.
a living being:
Several lives were lost.
9.
living things collectively:
the hope of discovering life on other planets; insect life.
10.
a particular aspect of existence:
He enjoys an active physical life.
11.
the course of existence or sum of experiences and actions that constitute a person's existence:
His business has been his entire life.
12.
a biography:
a newly published life of Willa Cather.
13.
animation; liveliness; spirit:
a speech full of life.
14.
resilience; elasticity.
15.
the force that makes or keeps something alive; the vivifying or quickening principle:
The life of the treaty has been an increase of mutual understanding and respect.
16.
a mode or manner of existence, as in the world of affairs or society:
So far her business life has not overlapped her social life.
17.
the period or extent of authority, popularity, approval, etc.:
the life of the committee; the life of a bestseller.
18.
a prison sentence covering the remaining portion of the offender's animate existence:
The judge gave him life.
19.
anything or anyone considered to be as precious as life:
She was his life.
20.
a person or thing that enlivens:
the life of the party.
21.
effervescence or sparkle, as of wines.
22.
pungency or strong, sharp flavor, as of substances when fresh or in good condition.
23.
nature or any of the forms of nature as the model or subject of a work of art:
drawn from life.
24.
Baseball. another opportunity given to a batter to bat because of a misplay by a fielder.
25.
(in English pool) one of a limited number of shots allowed a player:
Each pool player has three lives at the beginning of the game.
adjective
26.
for or lasting a lifetime; lifelong:
a life membership in a club; life imprisonment.
27.
of or pertaining to animate existence:
the life force; life functions.
28.
working from nature or using a living model:
a life drawing; a life class.
Idioms
29.
as large as life, actually; indeed:
There he stood, as large as life.
Also, as big as life.
30.
come to life,
  1. to recover consciousness.
  2. to become animated and vigorous:
    The evening passed, but somehow the party never came to life.
  3. to appear lifelike:
    The characters of the novel came to life on the screen.
31.
for dear life, with desperate effort, energy, or speed:
We ran for dear life, with the dogs at our heels.
Also, for one's life.
32.
for the life of one, as hard as one tries; even with the utmost effort:
He can't understand it for the life of him.
33.
get a life, to improve the quality of one's social and professional life: often used in the imperative to express impatience with someone's behavior.
34.
not on your life, Informal. absolutely not; under no circumstances; by no means:
Will I stand for such a thing? Not on your life!
35.
take one's life in one's hands, to risk death knowingly:
We were warned that we were taking our lives in our hands by going through that swampy area.
36.
to the life, in perfect imitation; exactly:
The portrait characterized him to the life.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English lif(e); Old English līf; cognate with Dutch lijf, German Leib body, Old Norse līf life, body; akin to live1
Related forms
prelife, adjective
underlife, noun
Synonyms
13. vivacity, sprightliness, vigor, verve, activity, energy.
Antonyms
13. inertia.

live1

[liv] /lɪv/
verb (used without object), lived
[livd] /lɪvd/ (Show IPA),
living.
1.
to have life, as an organism; be alive; be capable of vital functions:
all things that live.
2.
to continue to have life; remain alive:
to live to a ripe old age.
3.
to continue in existence, operation, memory, etc.; last:
a book that lives in my memory.
4.
to maintain or support one's existence; provide for oneself:
to live on one's income.
5.
to feed or subsist (usually followed by on or upon):
to live on rice and bananas.
6.
to dwell or reside (usually followed by in, at, etc.):
to live in a cottage.
7.
to pass life in a specified manner:
They lived happily ever after.
8.
to direct or regulate one's life:
to live by the golden rule.
9.
to experience or enjoy life to the full:
At 40 she was just beginning to live.
10.
to cohabit (usually followed by with).
11.
to escape destruction or remain afloat, as a ship or aircraft.
verb (used with object), lived
[livd] /lɪvd/ (Show IPA),
living.
12.
to pass (life):
to live a life of ease.
13.
to practice, represent, or exhibit in one's life:
to live one's philosophy.
Verb phrases
14.
live down, to live so as to allow (a mistake, disgrace, etc.) to be forgotten or forgiven:
She'll never live that crucial moment of failure down.
15.
live in/out, to reside at or away from the place of one's employment, especially as a domestic servant:
Their butler lives in, but the maids live out.
16.
live up to, to live in accordance with (expectations or an ideal or standard); measure up to:
He never lived up to his father's vision of him.
Idioms
17.
live high off / on the hog. hog (def 16).
18.
live it up, Informal. to live in an extravagant or wild manner; pursue pleasure:
He started living it up after he got out of the army.
19.
live well, to live comfortably:
They're not wealthy but they live well.
Origin
before 900; Middle English liven, Old English lifian, libban; cognate with Dutch leven, German leben, Old Norse lifa, Gothic liban
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Examples for lives
  • Mobile phones have transformed lives in the poor world.
  • They are also changing some peoples' lives for the worse.
  • The digital intersection of our professional and private lives is getting busier.
  • Instead of the usual offers of hostel places, they were simply asked what they needed to change their lives.
  • Pictures in this category should focus on how people live and make their lives meaningful.
  • Dry summer heat and winter frosts shorten their lives.
  • Humans and many primates clearly recognize individual voices, a capacity considered fundamental for rich social lives.
  • Some people's lives can be measured by the appointments they couldn't keep.
  • It's blue, comes from a creature more ancient than dinosaurs, and saves countless human lives.
  • Public sharing of private lives has not led to a rethinking of anything.
British Dictionary definitions for lives

lives

/laɪvz/
noun
1.
the plural of life

life

/laɪf/
noun (pl) lives (laɪvz)
1.
the state or quality that distinguishes living beings or organisms from dead ones and from inorganic matter, characterized chiefly by metabolism, growth, and the ability to reproduce and respond to stimuli related adjectives animate vital
2.
the period between birth and death
3.
a living person or being to save a life
4.
the time between birth and the present time
5.
  1. the remainder or extent of one's life
  2. (as modifier) a life sentence, life membership, life subscription, life work
6.
short for life imprisonment
7.
the amount of time that something is active or functioning the life of a battery
8.
a present condition, state, or mode of existence my life is very dull here
9.
  1. a biography
  2. (as modifier) a life story
10.
  1. a characteristic state or mode of existence town life
  2. (as modifier) life style
11.
the sum or course of human events and activities
12.
liveliness or high spirits full of life
13.
a source of strength, animation, or vitality he was the life of the show
14.
all living things, taken as a whole there is no life on Mars, plant life
15.
sparkle, as of wines
16.
strong or high flavour, as of fresh food
17.
(modifier) (arts) drawn or taken from a living model life drawing, a life mask
18.
(physics) another name for lifetime
19.
(in certain games) one of a number of opportunities of participation
20.
(informal) as large as life, real and living
21.
larger than life, in an exaggerated form
22.
come to life
  1. to become animate or conscious
  2. to be realistically portrayed or represented
23.
for dear life, urgently or with extreme vigour or desperation
24.
for the life of one, though trying desperately
25.
(Austral & NZ, informal) go for your life, an expression of encouragement
26.
a matter of life and death, a matter of extreme urgency
27.
(informal) not on your life, certainly not
28.
(informal) the life and soul, a person regarded as the main source of merriment and liveliness the life and soul of the party
29.
(informal) the life of Riley, an easy life
30.
to the life, (of a copy or image) resembling the original exactly
31.
(informal) to save one's life, in spite of all considerations or attempts he couldn't play football to save his life
32.
the time of one's life, a memorably enjoyable time
33.
true to life, faithful to reality
Word Origin
Old English līf; related to Old High German lib, Old Norse līf life, body

live1

/lɪv/
verb (mainly intransitive)
1.
to show the characteristics of life; be alive
2.
to remain alive or in existence
3.
to exist in a specified way to live poorly
4.
usually foll by in or at. to reside or dwell to live in London
5.
(often foll by on) to continue or last the pain still lives in her memory
6.
(usually foll by by) to order one's life (according to a certain philosophy, religion, etc)
7.
foll by on, upon, or by. to support one's style of life; subsist to live by writing
8.
(foll by with) to endure the effects (of a crime, mistake, etc)
9.
(foll by through) to experience and survive he lived through the war
10.
(transitive) to pass or spend (one's life, etc)
11.
to enjoy life to the full he knows how to live
12.
(transitive) to put into practice in one's daily life; express he lives religion every day
13.
live and let live, to refrain from interfering in others' lives; to be tolerant
14.
(US, informal) where one lives, in one's sensitive or defenceless position
Word Origin
Old English libban, lifian; related to Old High German libēn, Old Norse lifa

live2

/laɪv/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) showing the characteristics of life
2.
(usually prenominal) of, relating to, or abounding in life the live weight of an animal
3.
(usually prenominal) of current interest; controversial a live issue
4.
actual a real live cowboy
5.
(informal) full of life and energy
6.
(of a coal, ember, etc) glowing or burning
7.
(esp of a volcano) not extinct
8.
loaded or capable of exploding a live bomb
9.
(radio, television) transmitted or present at the time of performance, rather than being a recording a live show
10.
(of a record)
  1. recorded in concert
  2. recorded in one studio take, without overdubs or splicing
11.
connected to a source of electric power a live circuit
12.
(esp of a colour or tone) brilliant or splendid
13.
acoustically reverberant a live studio
14.
(sport) (of a ball) in play
15.
(of rocks, ores, etc) not quarried or mined; native
16.
being in a state of motion or transmitting power; positively connected to a driving member
17.
(printing)
  1. (of copy) not yet having been set into type
  2. (of type that has been set) still in use
adverb
18.
during, at, or in the form of a live performance the show went out live
Word Origin
C16: from on livealive
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Word Origin and History for lives

life

n.

Old English life (dative lif) "existence, lifetime, way of life, condition of being a living thing, opposite of death," from Proto-Germanic *libam (cf. Old Norse lif "life, body," Dutch lijf "body," Old High German lib "life," German Leib "body"), properly "continuance, perseverance," from PIE *leip- "to remain, persevere, continue; stick, adhere" (see leave (v.)). Much of the modern range of meanings was present in Old English. Meaning "property which distinguishes living from non-living matter" is from 1560s. Sense of "vitality, energy" is from 1580s. Extended 1703 to "term of duration (of inanimate objects)."

Life-jacket is from 1840; life-preserver from 1630s of anything that is meant to save a life, 1803 of devices worn to prevent drowning. Life-saver is from 1883, figurative use from 1909, as a brand of hard sugar candy, from 1912, so called for shape. Life-form is from 1861. Life cycle is from 1855.

live

v.

Old English lifian (Anglian), libban (West Saxon) "to be, to live, have life; to experience," also "to supply oneself with food, to pass life (in some condition)," from Proto-Germanic *liben (cf. Old Norse lifa "to live, remain," Old Frisian libba, German leben, Gothic liban "to live"), from PIE root *leip- "to remain, continue" (cf. Greek liparein "to persist, persevere;" see leave). Meaning "to make a residence, dwell" is from c.1200. Related: Lived; living.

According to the Dutch Prouerbe ... Leuen ende laetan leuen, To liue and to let others liue. [Malynes, 1622]
To live it up "live gaily and extravagantly" is from 1903. To live up to "act in accordance with" is 1690s, from earlier live up "live on a high (moral or mental) level" (1680s). To live (something) down "outwear (some slander or embarrassment)" is from 1842. To live with "cohabit as husband and wife" is attested from 1749; sense of "to put up with" is attested from 1937. Expression live and learn is attested from c.1620.

adj.

1540s, "having life," later (1610s) "burning, glowing," a shortening of alive (q.v.). Sense of "containing unspent energy or power" (live ammunition, etc.) is from 1799. Meaning "in-person" (of performance) is first attested 1934. Live wire is attested from 1890; figurative sense of "active person" is from 1903.

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lives in Medicine

life (līf)
n. pl. lives (līvz)

  1. The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism.

  2. The characteristic state or condition of a living organism.

  3. Living organisms considered as a group.

  4. A living being, especially a person.

live (līv)
adj.

  1. Having life; alive.

  2. Capable of replicating in a host's cells.

  3. Containing living microorganisms or active virus, as a vaccine.

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lives in Science
life
  (līf)   
  1. The properties or qualities that distinguish living plants and organisms from dead or inanimate matter, including the capacity to grow, metabolize nutrients, respond to stimuli, reproduce, and adapt to the environment. The definitive beginning and end of human life are complex concepts informed by medical, legal, sociological, and religious considerations.

  2. Living organisms considered as a group, such as the plants or animals of a given region.


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Slang definitions & phrases for lives

lives

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hit someone where one lives


life

noun phrase
  1. Prostitution, esp as a business: a hooker from LA who knows this is her ticket out of the life/ this latter often purchased ''hot'' from others in the life
  2. The homosexual life, esp that of an effeminate transvestite male prostitute: She had lived the life so long now (1970s+)
Related Terms

in the life


live

adjective
  1. Not recorded or taped: live music/ a live telecast (1934+)
  2. Of current importance; still to be decided: Is metrication really a live issue today? (1900+)

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lives in the Bible

generally of physical life (Gen. 2:7; Luke 16:25, etc.); also used figuratively (1) for immortality (Heb. 7:16); (2) conduct or manner of life (Rom. 6:4); (3) spiritual life or salvation (John 3:16, 17, 18, 36); (4) eternal life (Matt. 19:16, 17; John 3:15); of God and Christ as the absolute source and cause of all life (John 1:4; 5:26, 39; 11:25; 12:50).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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