Definition of lifetime in English:

lifetime

noun

  • 1The duration of a person's life:

    ‘a reward for a lifetime's work’
    • ‘Facing greater competition, employers have eliminated lifetime employment guarantees to managers and professionals and reduced salaries.’
    • ‘But, in imposing the lifetime ban, the chairman of the bench said the measure was necessary to protect other animals.’
    • ‘They destroyed a lifetime's work and thousands of pounds worth of gardening equipment.’
    • ‘If not, he's faced with undoing a lifetime's worth of assumptions.’
    • ‘Representing such a lifetime's work on a single disc is a near impossible task.’
    • ‘Only in this case, the midlife crisis lasted the entire lifetime, not just in the middle.’
    • ‘Although this may seem steep, you are benefiting from a lifetime of experience.’
    • ‘She gave a lifetime of service to the nursing profession and her community.’
    • ‘Still we manage to spend whole lifetimes together based on such understandings.’
    • ‘Both authors combine a lifetime of clinical experience with a keen interest in research methodology.’
    • ‘Some healthcare providers indicate that they will archive medical records for a person's lifetime plus seven years.’
    • ‘Detention without any charges and without any court review can last an entire lifetime.’
    • ‘Most medieval people lived out their short lifetimes within a radius of fifty miles of their birthplace.’
    • ‘He has given a lifetime of service to Ireland, and made huge sacrifices.’
    • ‘Our wars have taken from us the men and women we honor today and every hour of the lifetimes they had hoped to live.’
    • ‘Yet they appreciate that each has had a lifetime's worth of rich experiences while they were apart.’
    • ‘The man looked at me, the second seeming to last a whole lifetime.’
    • ‘And he said he was thrilled to be nominated for the lifetime achievement award.’
    • ‘How can they be swimming lifetime bests so late in the game?’
    • ‘The 2004 data also show that lifetime inhalant use for eighth graders increased significantly.’
    lifespan, life, days, duration of life, allotted span, course of life, time on earth, existence, one's time, one's career, one's threescore years and ten, this mortal coil
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    1. 1.1 The duration of a thing's existence or usefulness:
      ‘fifteen shops closed during the lifetime of the scheme’
      • ‘The potential for improved radiation resistance of thin-film solar cells relative to single-crystal cells could extend the mission lifetimes substantially.’
      • ‘Now they're held by big corporates, and often extended beyond the lifetime of the product.’
      • ‘This is a good thing because it probably extends the expected lifetime of the drives significantly.’
      • ‘Nuclear is megalithic in its production capacity and timescales - reactor commissioning can take ten years or more, with reactor lifetimes of decades followed by expensive decommissioning.’
      • ‘Binding of phenol to one site extends the lifetime of the other two in the trimer.’
      • ‘But in the new economy, 10 years is like 10 lifetimes.’
      • ‘In the above example, the data compromised at least two populations of dwell-times with the mean lifetimes separated by about an order of magnitude.’
      • ‘His point, a valid one, is that clinical trials have tended to get longer, larger, and more expensive, while patent lifetimes aren't changing.’
      • ‘We measured the chlorophyll fluorescence lifetimes of barley leaves preheated to selected temperatures corresponding to important points in the FTC.’
      • ‘An individual base pair has an average lifetime in the range of 10 seconds.’
      • ‘One would expect that a single tryptophan residue should have only one excited state lifetime.’
      • ‘Pitting allows atomic oxygen, present in low Earth orbits, to react with an exposed surface, causing corrosion and reducing the serviceable lifetimes of satellites.’
      • ‘The novelty-averse rats commonly lived about 600 days, compared with 700-day lifetimes for the bolder rats.’
      • ‘Then, they make sure those roofs get the attention they deserve to extend their useful lifetimes.’
      • ‘This cemented its leadership in the industry for six years - several lifetimes in the world of high tech - and in the process made personal computers a reality for the home user.’
      • ‘Bond lifetimes were measured directly, and rupture force calculated from the trap stiffness.’
      • ‘Today, at the start of the 21st century, human lifetimes are being extended while the lifetimes of new technologies are becoming shorter and shorter.’
      • ‘As before, these costs are for 30-year project lifetimes discounted at a 4% real interest rate.’
      • ‘Also, among birds their migration route is a round-trip one, which they make more than once in their lifetimes, while for the monarch it is strictly a one-way trip for each butterfly.’
      • ‘Fig. 9 shows the average hydrogen bond lifetimes of each amino acid in the sampled peptides.’
      duration, life, active life, existence, life expectancy, functioning period, period of effectiveness, period of efficacy, period of usefulness, period of validity
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    2. 1.2informal A very long period of time:
      ‘five weeks was a lifetime, anything could have happened’
      • ‘It took a lifetime for the elevator doors to open on my floor, and it took another lifetime to walk to my apartment door.’
      all one's life, a very long time, an eternity
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Pronunciation:

lifetime

/ˈlʌɪftʌɪm/