Synonyms of life in English:


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1‘the joy of giving life to a child’

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

death, non-existence

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

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’

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’

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’

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’

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’

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’

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

9‘I was reading a life of Chopin’

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’

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


    for dear life

    ‘she was holding on for dear life’

    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’

    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’

    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’

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

    be dormant, be quiescent

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

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