German translation of 'life'
nounWord forms: lives
1. Leben nt
bird/plant life die Vogel-/Pflanzenwelt
the battle resulted in great loss of life bei der Schlacht kamen viele ums Leben
this is a matter of life and death hier geht es um Leben und Tod
to bring sb back to life jdn wiederbeleben
his book brings history to life sein Buch lässt die Geschichte lebendig werden
to come to life (figurative) lebendig werden
after half an hour the discussion came to life nach einer halben Stunde kam Leben in die Diskussion
to put new life into sb jdm wieder Auftrieb geben
at my time of life in meinem Alter
he’s got a job for life er hat eine Stelle auf Lebenszeit
he’s doing life (for murder) (informal) er sitzt lebenslänglich (wegen Mord) (inf)
he got life (informal) er hat lebenslänglich gekriegt (inf)
how many lives were lost? wie viele (Menschen) sind ums Leben gekommen?
the lives of the prisoners das Leben der Gefangenen
to take one’s own life sich dat das Leben nehmen
to save sb’s life (literal) jdm das Leben retten; (figurative) jdn retten
I couldn’t do it to save my life ich kann es beim besten Willen nicht
the church is my life die Kirche ist mein ganzes Leben
early in life, in early life in frühen Jahren
later in life, in later life in späteren Jahren
she leads a busy life bei ihr ist immer etwas los
she began (her working) life as a teacher sie begann ihr Berufsleben als Lehrerin
all his life sein ganzes Leben lang
I’ve never been to London in my life ich war in meinem ganzen Leben noch nicht in London
to fight for one’s life um sein Leben kämpfen
run for your lives! rennt um euer Leben!
I can’t for the life of me ... (informal) ich kann beim besten Willen nicht ...
never in my life have I heard such nonsense ich habe noch nie im Leben so einen Unsinn gehört
not on your life! (informal) ich bin doch nicht verrückt! (inf)
get a life! (informal) sonst hast du keine Probleme? (inf)
to have a life of one’s own sein eigenes Leben führen
it seemed to have a life of its own es scheint seinen eigenen Willen zu haben
those children are full of life! diese Kinder sind sehr lebhaft!
the city centre (British) or center (US) was full of life im Stadtzentrum ging es sehr lebhaft zu
he is the life and soul (British) or life (US) of every party er bringt Leben in jede Party
village life das Leben auf dem Dorf
this is the life! ja, ist das ein Leben!
what a life! was für ein Leben!
such is life, that’s life so ist das Leben
the good life das süße Leben
2. (= the world, social activity)
to see life die Welt sehen
3. (= useful or active life) Lebensdauer f
during the life of the present Parliament während der Legislaturperiode des gegenwärtigen Parlaments
4. (= biography) Biografie f
[of saint, king etc] Lebensbeschreibung f
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Example Sentences Including 'life'
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But treachery and mistrust will bring her life into danger.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Feelings implicit in a storytelling can be stirred to life when people sing.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
Have you thought about where this scenario would take place in real life?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
His candid musings on the nature of life and art are also challenging - is all great art accidental?Times, Sunday Times (2008)
His father blurred the distinction between art and life.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
It was a place which gave me an appreciation for the arts and life.The Sun (2012)
Now see this classic picture book brought to life.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
That was the most challenging period of my life.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The difference between treating a cancer quickly and delaying for a few months can quite literally be life or death.The Sun (2016)
Their lives are in danger when they are tied up on a ferry.The Sun (2016)
We talked about her life story a lot.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Who was the most influential person in your life and why?Times, Sunday Times (2012)
He has gone through some difficult periods in his life and has always come out with strength.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
There are processes in place to turn lives around.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
This is a city full of energy and full of life.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
We attempted to make life as awkward as possible for them.The Sun (2016)
The very best experience of my life.Caring for your Unborn Child (1990)
It was not an easy period in his life.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Now we are in a bigger place life can move on.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
She is the single most influential person in my life aside from my parents.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
That puts lives in danger right now.The Sun (2016)
Their life is always full of drama.The Sun (2016)
Who decides matters of life or death?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Who has been the most influential person in your life?Times, Sunday Times (2008)
With age comes so much more life experience.The Sun (2016)
You can really make a difference to people 's lives.The Sun (2016)
Your life has opened out and you are probably gaining more life experience.The Sun (2016)
On the plus side there would be all the factors that might make life easier for you.Get the Best out of the Rest of Your Life (1990)
Others are abusive or continue to make life painful for their offspring.Christianity Today (2000)
She would have said that she lived a full and happy life.Banish Anxiety - how to stop worrying and take charge of your life (1991)
For there is extant a book of his life which tells that he raised a dead man.Sources of the West: Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 1: From the Beginning to 1715 (1995)
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'life' in Other Languages
British English: life /laɪf/ NOUN
Life is the quality which people, animals, and plants have when they are not dead.
...a baby's first minutes of life.
- American English: life
- Arabic: حَيَاْةٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: vida
- Chinese: 生命
- Croatian: život
- Czech: život
- Danish: liv
- Dutch: leven
- European Spanish: vida biología
- Finnish: elämä
- French: vie
- German: Leben
- Greek: ζωή
- Italian: vita esistenza
- Japanese: 生命
- Korean: 생명
- Norwegian: liv
- Polish: życie
- European Portuguese: vida
- Romanian: viață
- Russian: жизнь
- Latin American Spanish: vida
- Swedish: liv
- Thai: ชีวิต
- Turkish: yaşam
- Ukrainian: життя
- Vietnamese: cuộc sống
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