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"life" in British English

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uk   us   /laɪf/ (plural lives)
A1 [C or U] the ​period between ​birth and ​death, or 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 ​accidentchanged my ​wholeoutlook on life. He lost his life (= ​diedsuddenly because of a ​violentevent or ​accident) in the Great War. A ​simplemixture 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). B1 [C or U] a way of ​living or a ​particularpart of someone's life: her ​family/​private/​sex life my ​working life We ​interviewedseniorpoliticians, ​famouswriters, and ​others in public life. Drugs and ​violence are ​deeplyrooted in American life. I ​lefthome 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).C2 [C usually singular] the ​period for which a ​machine or ​organizationlasts: The ​newerbatteries have a much ​longer life. Careful use will ​prolong the life of ​yourmachine. The ​legislation won't be ​passed during the life of the ​presentparliament. [U] the ​quality that makes ​people, ​animals, and ​plants different from ​objects, ​substances, and things that 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 (= ​peoplemoving).B2 [U] energy or ​enthusiasm: She's so full of life.B1 [U] everything that is ​alive: human/​marine/​plant life [U] specialized art In ​art, if you ​work from life, you ​paint, ​draw, etc. ​realpeople or ​objects, usually while they are in ​front of you ​rather than from ​memory: life ​drawingclasses [C] informal especially in children's ​games, one of the ​limitednumber of ​times that you can ​lose, but still ​continueplaying: Every ​time the little man gets ​hit, you lose a life.bring sth to life to make something more ​real or ​exciting: It's always been an ​interestingperiod in ​history and this ​film really ​brought it to life.come to life to ​become more ​real or ​exciting: The ​game really came to life in the second ​half.for life C1 for the ​whole of a person's life: I ​believemarriage is for life.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 after death If you ​believe in life after ​death, you ​believe that ​peoplecontinue to ​exist in some ​form after they ​die.start a new life (also make a new life for yourself) to ​completelychange how or where you ​live: She ​decided to ​start a new life in ​Australia.
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(Definition of life from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"life" in American English

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 us   /lɑɪf/

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 ​personcontinues to ​exist in some way after ​dying.

life noun (EXPERIENCE)

[C/U] a ​particulartype or ​part of someone’s ​experience: [U] She ​appreciates life in the ​UnitedStates. [U] A ​vacation is a ​pleasantchange from ​everyday life. [C] He ​rarelytalks about his ​private life.


[U] the ​period during which a ​machine or ​object that ​producespowerworks: The ​newerbatteries have a much ​longer life – up to 100 ​hours.

life noun (ENERGY)

[U] energy or ​enthusiasm: The show was ​full of life.
(Definition of life from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"life" in Business English

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uk   us   /laɪf/ (plural lives /laɪvz/ )
[C ] the ​amount of ​time that something exists or ​works: the life of a mortgage/loan/investment He would ​reachretirement during the life of the ​mortgage.begin/start life The ​firm began life as a ​directmarketingcompany.
[C] the ​amount of ​time that something can be used: Increasing the battery life of the ​phone is important. If the ​maintenance continues at its ​currentlevel, the useful life of the ​facility will be significantly shortened.
[C or U] the ​time that someone is alive, the things that ​happen to them, and the way they ​spend their ​time: The ​hit TV ​series was inspired by the life of the comedian Chris Rock. She says she was inspired to a life of ​publicservice by her father. Matt is someone who enjoys life to the ​full.
[C] the ​time that someone ​spends doing particular things: personal/private life This ​job doesn't ​leave much ​time for a ​personal life. I've ​met a lot of interesting ​people in my working life.
[ U] a way of ​living that is typical of a particular ​place or ​situation: city/country/town life I'm not somebody who ​longs for city life. corporate/civilian/military life daily/​day-to-day/everyday life
(Definition of life from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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