1 [countable/uncountable] the period of time from someone’s birth until their death
She devoted her life to helping others.
He had a long and happy life.
spend your life: Don’t spend your whole life worrying about money.
in (all) your life: I have never been so disappointed in my life.
all your life: She’s lived in California all her life.
early life (=the time when you are a child): He spent his early life in Malaysia.
adult life (=the time when you are an adult): He lived most of his adult life in prison.
in later life (=towards the end of someone’s life): It was in later life that he wrote some of his best poems.
late in life (=at a time in your life that is later than usual): She got married late in life.
for life (=continuing through your whole life): The accident left her scarred for life.
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