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life

noun  /lɑɪf/ us  

life noun (TIME BEING ALIVE)

[C/U] ( plural lives  /lɑɪvz/) the period between birth and death, or the state of being alive: [U] Life is too short to worry about money! [C] Cats are supposed to have nine lives. [C/U] ( plural lives  /lɑɪvz/) Life is also anything that is alive: [U] animal/plant lifelife after death If you believe in life after death, you believe that a person continues to exist in some way after dying.

life noun (EXPERIENCE)

[C/U] a particular type or part of someone’s experience: [U] She appreciates life in the United States. [U] A vacation is a pleasant change from everyday life. [C] He rarely talks about his private life.

life noun (TIME SOMETHING WORKS)

[U] the period during which a machine or object that produces power works: The newer batteries have a much longer life – up to 100 hours.

life noun (ENERGY)

[U] energy or enthusiasm: The show was full of life.
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