Chinese (Traditional) translation of “life”
/laɪf/ (plural lives)
› [C or U] the period between birth and death; the experience or state of being alive
Life's too short to worry about money!
I'm not sure I want to spend the rest of my life with him.
Unfortunately, accidents are part of life.
He went mad towards the end of his life.
Cats are supposed to have nine lives.
He doesn't know what he really wants in/out of life.
The accident changed my whole outlook on life.
He lost his life (= died suddenly because of a violent event or accident) in the Great War.
A simple mixture of glucose and water can save lives in many parts of the world.
He ran off with her life savings (= all the money she had saved).
→ See also afterlife, pro-lifeLife and living › [C or U] way of living or a particular part of someone's life
her family/private/sex life
my working life
We interviewed senior politicians, famous writers and others in public life.
Drugs and violence are deeply rooted in American life.
I left home at 16 to see life (= have different experiences with a lot of people in lots of places).
Teaching has been her life (= the most important and enjoyable thing in her life).
Life and living › [C usually singular] the period for which a machine or organization lasts
The newer batteries have a much longer life.
Careful use will prolong the life of your machine.
The legislation won't be passed during the life of the present parliament.
Periods of time - general words › [U] the quality which makes people, animals and plants different from objects, substances, and things which are dead
The doctor could find no sign of life in the old man's body.
figurative I looked through the window but I couldn't see any signs of life (= people moving).
Life and living › [U] energy or enthusiasm
She's so full of life.
Excitement, interest, energy and enthusiasm › [U] everything which is alive
Life and living › [U] specialized In art, if you work from life, you paint, draw, etc. real people or objects usually while they are in front of you rather than from memory
life drawing classes
Art history and artistic movements › [C] informal especially in children's games, one of the limited number of times that you can lose, but still continue playing
Every time the little man gets hit, you lose a life.
Children's games bring sth to life (also come to life) › to make something more real or exciting, or to become more real or exciting
It's always been an interesting period in history and this film really brought it to life.
Making people excited and interestedInspiration and inspiring for life › for the whole of a person's life
I believe marriage is for life.
Continuous and permanent give your life (also lay down your life) › to be willing to die in order to defend or support someone or something
They were ready to give their lives for their country.
Death and dying life after death › If you believe in life after death, you believe that people continue to exist in some form after they die.
Life after death start a new life (also make a new life for yourself) › to completely change how or where you live
She decided to start a new life in Australia.
Starting and beginningStarting again