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
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 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 can be rescued.
life cycle noun › the various stages through which a living thing passes
the life cycle of the snail. life expectancy › the (average) length of time a person can expect to live.
lifeguard noun › a person employed to protect and rescue swimmers at a swimming-pool, beach etc.
life jacket noun › a sleeveless jacket filled with material that will float, for keeping a person afloat an inflatable life jacket.
an inflatable life jacket. lifeline noun › a rope for support in dangerous operations or thrown to rescue a drowning person.
lifelong adjective › lasting the whole length of a life
a lifelong friendship. life-saving noun › the act or skill of rescuing people from drowning
The boy is being taught life-saving. life-size(d) adjective, adverb › (of a copy, drawing etc) as large as the original
a life-sized statue. lifetime noun › the period of a person’s life
He saw many changes in his lifetime. 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
They became friends for life. the life and soul of the party › 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
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
It is a sin to take life. take one’s life › to kill oneself.
take one’s life in one’s hands › to take the risk of being killed You’re taking your life in your hands if you climb up that rickety old ladder.
You’re taking your life in your hands if you climb up that rickety old ladder. to the life › exactly (like)
When he put on that uniform, he was Napoleon to the life.