Synonyms of life in English:

life


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See Spanish definition of vida

noun

1‘the joy of giving life to a child’

SYNONYMS
existence, being, living, animation, aliveness, animateness
entity, sentience, creation, survival, viability
rare esse
ANTONYMS

death, non-existence

2‘armaments that threaten to eliminate life on the planet’

SYNONYMS
living things, living beings, living creatures, the living
animal life, human life, plant life, fauna, flora, ecosystems, creatures, wildlife
human beings, humanity, humankind, mankind, man, human activity
literary flesh

3‘inshore fishing isn't an easy life’

SYNONYMS
way of life, way of living, manner of living, lifestyle, situation, position, state, station, condition, set of circumstances, fate, lot
sphere, field, line, career, business

4‘I hadn't talked to my father for the last nine months of his life’

SYNONYMS
lifetime, life span, days, duration of life, allotted span, course of life, time on earth, existence, one's time, one's career, threescore years and ten, this mortal coil
informal one's born days

5‘the Parliament Bill introduced a limit of five years for the life of any Parliament’

SYNONYMS
duration, active life, lifetime, existence, functioning period, period of effectiveness, period of usefulness, validity, efficacy

6‘he is happy and full of life in his new job’

SYNONYMS
vivacity, animation, liveliness, vitality, verve, high spirits, sparkle, exuberance, zest, buoyancy, effervescence, enthusiasm, energy, vigour, dynamism, go, elan, gusto, brio, bounce, spirit, spiritedness, activity, fire, panache, colour, dash, drive, push
business, bustle, hustle and bustle, movement, stir
informal oomph, pizzazz, pep, zing, zip, vim, get-up-and-go

7‘his mother would be the life of the party’

SYNONYMS
moving spirit, moving force, animating spirit, vital spirit, spirit, vital spark, life force, lifeblood, essence, core, heart, soul, strength, quintessence, substance
élan vital

8‘more than 1,500 lives were lost in the accident’

SYNONYMS
person, human being, individual, mortal, soul, creature

9‘I was reading a life of Chopin’

SYNONYMS
biography, autobiography, life story, life history, memoir, history, profile
diary, journal, confessions
record, chronicle, account, report, portrayal, depiction, portrait
informal biog, bio

10‘I'll miss you, but there it is, that's life’

SYNONYMS
the way of the world, the world, the way things go, the way of it, the human condition, the times we live in, the usual state of affairs, the school of hard knocks
fate, destiny, providence, kismet, karma, fortune, luck, chance
North American informal the way the cookie crumbles

Phrases

    for dear life

    ‘she was holding on for dear life’


    SYNONYMS
    desperately, with all one's might, with might and main, urgently, with urgency, vigorously, with as much vigour as possible, for all one is worth, as fast as possible, as hard as possible, like the devil
    give one's life

    1‘he's devoted to his queen and would give his life for her’


    SYNONYMS
    die, lay down one's life, sacrifice oneself
    die to save, offer one's life, surrender one's life

    2‘he gave his life to the company and could have expected some support from them’


    SYNONYMS
    dedicate oneself, devote oneself, give oneself, commit oneself, pledge oneself, surrender oneself
    come to life

    1‘he could hear the familiar sounds of a barracks coming to life’


    SYNONYMS
    become active, become lively, come alive, wake up, awaken, waken, show signs of life, arouse, rouse, stir, emerge
    ANTONYMS

    be dormant, be quiescent

    2‘it was as though the carved angel by the lectern had suddenly come to life’


    SYNONYMS
    become animate, come alive, become a living creature
    revive, resurrect