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Enjoy your happiness while you have it, and while, you have it do not too closely scrutinize its foundation.
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Etymology

Old English līf, from Proto-Germanic *līƀom, from Proto-Indo-European *lībʰ-. Cognate with Dutch lijf (body), German Leib (body), Swedish liv (waist, life).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
life

Plural
lives

life (lives)
  1. The state that precedes death and follows birth or conception.
  2. (biology) A status given to any entity including animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, etc. — and sometimes viruses — having the properties of replication and metabolism.
  3. (philosophy) The essence of the manifestation and the foundation of the being.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) the subjective and inner manifestation of the individual.
  5. The world in general; existence.
    Man's life on this planet has been marked by continual conflict.
  6. A worthwhile existence.
    He gets up early in the morning, works all day long — even on weekends — and hardly sees his family. That's no life!
  7. A biography.
    His life of the founder is finished, except for the title.
  8. Something which is inherently part of a person's existence, such as job, family, a loved one, etc.
    She's my love, my life.
  9. (colloquial) A life sentence; a term of imprisonment of a convict until his or her death.
  10. The span of time during which an object operates.
    This light bulb is designed to have a life of 2,000 hours.
  11. The period of time during which an object is recognizable.
    The life of this milk carton may be thousands of years in this landfill.
  12. (video games) One of the player's chances to play, lost when a mistake is made.
    Scoring 1000 points is rewarded with an extra life.

Quotations

  • (philosophy, essence of manifestation and foundation of being): 1994: Violet Quill, Robert Ferro:
    Most things in life, including life itself, seemed to have articulated sections, discrete and separate and straightforward.

Synonyms

  • (philosophy, essence of manifestation and foundation of being): existence, experience
  • (the world in general): time

Antonyms

  • (the state that precedes death): death
  • (biology): coma
  • (philosophy): void

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