Spanish translation of “life”
life noun /laif/ (plural lives /laivz/)
› the quality belonging to plants and animals which distinguishes them from rocks, minerals etc and things which are dead
Doctors are fighting to save the child’s life. › the period between birth and death
He had a long and happy life. › liveliness
She was full of life and energy. › a manner of living
She lived a life of ease and idleness. › the period during which any particular state exists
He had many different jobs during his working life. › living things
It is now believed that there may be life on Mars animal life. › the story of a life
He has written a life of Churchill. › life imprisonment
He was given life for murder. lifeless adjective › dead
A lifeless body was found in the canal. › not lively; uninteresting
sin vida, soso, aburrido
The actress gave a disappointingly lifeless performance. lifelike adjective › like a living person, animal etc
The statue was very lifelike a lifelike portrait. life-and-death adjective › serious and deciding between life and death
a vida o muerte
a life-and-death struggle. lifebelt noun › a ring or belt filled with air or made of a material which floats, for keeping a person afloat.
lifeboat noun › a boat for saving shipwrecked people.
lifebuoy noun › a buoy intended to support a person in the water till he or she can be rescued.
life cycle noun › the various stages through which a living thing passes
the life cycle of the snail. life expectancy noun (plural life expectancies) › the (average) length of time a person can expect to live.
esperanza de vida
lifeguard noun › a person employed to protect and rescue swimmers at a swimming-pool, beach etc.
life jacket noun › (British ) a sleeveless jacket filled with material that will float, for keeping a person afloat; life vest(American)
an inflatable life jacket. lifeline noun › a rope for support in dangerous operations or thrown to rescue a drowning person.
cuerda de salvamento
lifelong adjective › lasting the whole length of a life
de toda la vida
a lifelong friendship. life-saving noun › the act or skill of rescuing people from drowning
The boy is being taught life-saving. life-size adjective, adverb ( life-sized) › (of a copy, drawing etc) as large as the original
a life-sized statue. lifespan noun › the average or maximum length of time which a person or animal is expected to live
the human lifespan. › the average or maximum length of time which a thing is expected to function or continue to exist
Laptop batteries have a relatively short lifespan. lifestyle noun › the way in which a person or a group of people lives, including the type of job they do, where they live, and how they spend their free time
estilo de vida
a healthy/lavish/outdoor lifestyle. lifetime noun › the period of a person’s life
He saw many changes in his lifetime. life vest noun › (American ) a sleeveless jacket filled with material that will float, for keeping a person afloat; life jacket(British)
chaleco salvavidas, chaleco inflable
as large as life › in person; actually
I went to the party and there was John as large as life. bring to life › to make lively or interesting
His lectures really brought the subject to life. come to life › to become lively or interesting
The play did not come to life until the last act. for life › until death
para toda la vida
They became friends for life. the life and soul of the party noun › a person who is very active, enthusiastic, amusing etc at a party.
not for the life of me › not even if it was necessary in order to save my life
en absoluto, por nada en el mundo
I couldn’t for the life of me remember his name! not on your life! › certainly not!
’Will you get married?’ ’Not on your life!’ take life › to kill
matar, quitar la vida
It is a sin to take life. take one’s life › to kill oneself
quitarse la vida, suicidarse
He became extremely depressed and took his own life. take one’s life in one’s hands › to take the risk of being killed
arriesgar la propia vida
You’re taking your life in your hands if you climb up that rickety old ladder. to the life › exactly (like)
exactamente igual que
When he put on that uniform, he was Napoleon to the life.