English definition of “life”
/laɪf/ noun (plural lives /laɪvz/)
ANIMALS/PLANTS [U] › living things and their activities: human/marine life Is there life in outer space?
PERSON'S EXISTENCE [C] › the existence of a person: How many lives will be lost to AIDS?
TIME [C, U] › the time between a person's birth and their death: I'm not sure I want to spend the rest of my life with him. Life's too short to worry about stuff like that. Unfortunately, accidents are part of life. He had a happy life.
WAY OF LIVING [C, U] › a way of living: You lead an exciting life.
family/private/sex, etc life › one part of someone's existence: My private life is nobody's business but mine.
ACTIVITY [U] › energy and activity: She was always bubbly and full of life. I looked through the window but couldn't see any signs of life (= people moving).
ACTIVE PERIOD [no plural] › the amount of time that a machine, system, etc exists or can be used: Careful use will prolong the life of your machine.
bring sth to life/come to life › to make something more real or exciting, or to become more real or exciting
That's life. › something you say which means bad things happen and you cannot prevent them: You don't get everything you want but that's life, isn't it?