Definition of lifetime in English:



  • 1The duration of a person's life.

    ‘a reward for a lifetime's work’
    • ‘The 2004 data also show that lifetime inhalant use for eighth graders increased significantly.’
    • ‘But, in imposing the lifetime ban, the chairman of the bench said the measure was necessary to protect other animals.’
    • ‘And he said he was thrilled to be nominated for the lifetime achievement award.’
    • ‘Representing such a lifetime's work on a single disc is a near impossible task.’
    • ‘Most medieval people lived out their short lifetimes within a radius of fifty miles of their birthplace.’
    • ‘Only in this case, the midlife crisis lasted the entire lifetime, not just in the middle.’
    • ‘Still we manage to spend whole lifetimes together based on such understandings.’
    • ‘Although this may seem steep, you are benefiting from a lifetime of experience.’
    • ‘He has given a lifetime of service to Ireland, and made huge sacrifices.’
    • ‘She gave a lifetime of service to the nursing profession and her community.’
    • ‘Some healthcare providers indicate that they will archive medical records for a person's lifetime plus seven years.’
    • ‘Both authors combine a lifetime of clinical experience with a keen interest in research methodology.’
    • ‘If not, he's faced with undoing a lifetime's worth of assumptions.’
    • ‘Detention without any charges and without any court review can last an entire lifetime.’
    • ‘Facing greater competition, employers have eliminated lifetime employment guarantees to managers and professionals and reduced salaries.’
    • ‘Our wars have taken from us the men and women we honor today and every hour of the lifetimes they had hoped to live.’
    • ‘The man looked at me, the second seeming to last a whole lifetime.’
    • ‘How can they be swimming lifetime bests so late in the game?’
    • ‘They destroyed a lifetime's work and thousands of pounds worth of gardening equipment.’
    • ‘Yet they appreciate that each has had a lifetime's worth of rich experiences while they were apart.’
    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. 1.1The duration of a thing's existence or usefulness.
      ‘fifteen shops closed during the lifetime of the scheme’
      • ‘This is a good thing because it probably extends the expected lifetime of the drives significantly.’
      • ‘But in the new economy, 10 years is like 10 lifetimes.’
      • ‘One would expect that a single tryptophan residue should have only one excited state lifetime.’
      • ‘As before, these costs are for 30-year project lifetimes discounted at a 4% real interest rate.’
      • ‘Then, they make sure those roofs get the attention they deserve to extend their useful lifetimes.’
      • ‘Now they're held by big corporates, and often extended beyond the lifetime of the product.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Binding of phenol to one site extends the lifetime of the other two in the trimer.’
      • ‘Today, at the start of the 21st century, human lifetimes are being extended while the lifetimes of new technologies are becoming shorter and shorter.’
      • ‘Pitting allows atomic oxygen, present in low Earth orbits, to react with an exposed surface, causing corrosion and reducing the serviceable lifetimes of satellites.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The potential for improved radiation resistance of thin-film solar cells relative to single-crystal cells could extend the mission lifetimes substantially.’
      • ‘His point, a valid one, is that clinical trials have tended to get longer, larger, and more expensive, while patent lifetimes aren't changing.’
      • ‘An individual base pair has an average lifetime in the range of 10 seconds.’
      • ‘We measured the chlorophyll fluorescence lifetimes of barley leaves preheated to selected temperatures corresponding to important points in the FTC.’
      • ‘The novelty-averse rats commonly lived about 600 days, compared with 700-day lifetimes for the bolder rats.’
      • ‘Bond lifetimes were measured directly, and rupture force calculated from the trap stiffness.’
      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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