Translation of "life" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /laɪf/ us /lɑɪf/ plural lives /laɪvz/ /lɑɪvz/

A1 the time between a person’s birth and his or her death

He had a happy life.
Do you want to spend the rest of your life with him?

B1 [ no plural ] living things, such as animals and plants

human life
Is there life in outer space?

B1 a way of living

You lead an exciting life.

B1 a particular part of someone’s life

my working life
a fulfilling sex life

the state of being alive

She was badly injured, but the doctor saved her life.

[ no plural ] energy and activity

Like all small children, she was always so full of life.
that’s life

something you say that means bad things happen and you cannot stop them

la vida es así
You don’t get everything you want, but that’s life, isn’t it?
take your life in your hands

to do something that is very dangerous, especially where you risk death

jugarse la vida
Every time you go parachuting you’re taking your life in your hands.

(Translation of “life” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


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.


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

cadena perpetua
He was given life for murder.
lifeless adjective


sin vida
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

natural, que parece vivo
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.

cinturón salvavidas
lifeboat noun

a boat for saving shipwrecked people.

bote salvavidas
lifebuoy noun

a buoy intended to support a person in the water till he or she can be rescued.

boya salvavidas
life cycle noun

the various stages through which a living thing passes

ciclo vital
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)

chaleco salvavidas
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

socorrismo, salvamento
The boy is being taught life-saving.
life-size adjective, adverb ( life-sized)

(of a copy, drawing etc) as large as the original

(de) tamaño natural
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

en persona
I went to the party and there was John as large as life.
bring to life

to make lively or interesting

dar vida
His lectures really brought the subject to life.
come to life

to become lively or interesting

cobrar vida
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.

el alma de la fiesta
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!

¡ni hablar!
’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.

(Translation of “life” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)