state of living
the ability to breathe, grow, reproduce, etc. which people, animals and plants have before they die and which objects do not have
life and death
The body was cold and showed no signs of life .
My father died last year─I wish I could bring him back to life .
In spring the countryside bursts into life.
the state of being alive as a human; an individual person's existence
The floods caused a massive loss of life (= many people were killed) .
He risked his life to save his daughter from the fire.
Hundreds of lives were threatened when the building collapsed.
The operation saved her life .
My grandfather lost his life (= was killed) in the war.
Several attempts have been made on the President's life (= several people have tried to kill him) .
植 / 动物
海洋 / 池塘生物
Is there intelligent life on other planets?
period of time
the period between sb's birth and their death; a part of this period
He's lived here all his life .
I've lived in England for most of my life.
寿命长 / 短
to have a long/short life
He became very weak towards the end of his life.
Brenda took up tennis late in life .
He will spend the rest of his life (= until he dies) in a wheelchair.
There's no such thing as a job for life any longer.
She is a life member of the club.
幼 / 成年
in early/adult life
used with an adjective
a period of sb's life when they are in a particular situation or job
She has been an accountant all her working life .
He met a lot of interesting people during his life as a student.
They were very happy throughout their married life .
the period of time when sth exists or functions
The International Stock Exchange started life as a London coffee shop.
They could see that the company had a limited life (= it was going to close) .
In Italy the average life of a government is eleven months.
the punishment of being sent to prison for life; life imprisonment
The judge gave him life .
the experience and activities that are typical of all people's existences
the worries of everyday life
He is young and has little experience of life .
Commuting is a part of daily life for many people.
Jill wants to travel and see life for herself.
We bought a dishwasher to make life easier .
In Africa life can be hard.
In real life (= when she met him) he wasn't how she had imagined him at all.
Life isn't like in the movies, you know.
the activities and experiences that are typical of a particular way of living
乡村 / 城市生活
She enjoyed political life.
家庭 / 婚后生活
How do you find life in Japan?
a person's experiences during their life; the activities that form a particular part of a person's life
He has had a good life .
艰难 / 安逸舒适的生活
a hard/an easy life
My day-to-day life is not very exciting.
a life of luxury
Her daily life involved meeting lots of people.
Many of these children have led very sheltered lives (= they have not had many different experiences) .
They emigrated to start a new life in Canada.
He doesn't like to talk about his private life .
She has a full social life .
articles about the love lives of the stars
the quality of being active and exciting
This is a great holiday resort that is full of life .
a living model or a real object or scene that people draw or paint
She had lessons in drawing from life.
a life class (= one in which art students draw a naked man or woman)
story of life
a story of sb's life
She wrote a life of Mozart.
in children's games
one of a set number of chances before a player is out of a game
He's lost two lives, so he's only got one left.
be the most important person or thing to sb
My children are my life.
Writing is his life.
to make sb/sth more interesting or exciting
The new teacher really brought French to life for us.
Flowers can bring a dull room back to life.
to become more interesting, exciting or full of activity
The match finally came to life in the second half.
to start to act or move as if alive
In my dream all my toys came to life.
as hard or as fast as possible
She was holding on to the rope for dear life.
Run for your life!
however hard you try
I cannot for the life of me imagine why they want to leave.
to frighten sb very much
having a lot of energy
used to tell sb to stop being boring and to do sth more interesting
to die in order to save sb/sth
the possibility or belief that people continue to exist in some form after they die
the most amusing and interesting person at a party, etc.
used to say that there is a situation in which it is not thought to be important if people somewhere die or are treated badly
of an object
seeming to move or function by itself without a person touching or working it
used to say that it is not worth wasting time doing sth that you dislike or that is not important
to cause problems for sb
闯进你生活中的男人 / 女人
the man or woman that you are having a sexual or romantic relationship with
used to refuse very firmly to do sth
to kill sb
to kill yourself
to risk being killed
You take your life in your hands just crossing the road here.
used when you are disappointed about sth but know that you must accept it
in a bad situation you must not give up hope because there is always a chance that it will improve
to improve sth by introducing new ideas and making people more interested in it
to die. People say depart this life to avoid saying die .
an unhappy life, full of problems or unfair treatment
a situation that cannot be changed, especially one that is unpleasant
feeling frightened that you might be killed
to make a great effort to stay alive, especially when you are badly injured or seriously ill
used to describe a situation that is very important or serious
to behave in a way that makes sb else feel very unhappy
especially of a cat
to be very lucky in dangerous situations
to risk being killed or injured in order to do sth
to be completely unable to do sth
He can't interview people to save his life.
a film/movie, play or book that gives a very realistic view of ordinary life
of a person, machine, etc.
to suddenly start working or doing sth
‘Let's go!’ he said, springing into action.
The town springs into life (= becomes busy) during the carnival.
a basic food, especially bread
when you say that's the story of my life about an unfortunate experience you have had, you mean you have had many similar experiences
at the age you are (especially when you are not young)
Eyesight doesn't get any better at my time of life.
of a book, film/movie, etc.
seeming real rather than invented
new and exciting experiences make life more interesting
a person's job or position in society
She has friends from all walks of life.
the typical pattern of behaviour of a person or group
the American way of life
living things collectively
- the oceans are teeming with life
animation and energy in action or expression
- it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it
the experience of being alive;the course of human events and activities
- he could no longer cope with the complexities of life
an account of the series of events making up a person's life
近义词: biography,life story,life history
a motive for living
- pottery was his life
a living person
- his heroism saved a life
the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones
- there is no life on the moon
the course of existence of an individual;the actions and events that occur in living
- he hoped for a new life in Australia
- he wanted to live his own life without interference from others
the condition of living or the state of being alive
- while there's life there's hope
- life depends on many chemical and physical processes
a characteristic state or mode of living
- social life
- city life
- real life
the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death)
- the battery had a short life
- he lived a long and happy life
the period between birth and the present time
- I have known him all his life
the period from the present until death
- he appointed himself emperor for life
a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives
- he got life for killing the guard
近义词: life sentence