Plants, animals, insects, bacteria, viruses, algae, mold and humans all have life: they grow, eat, make waste, change, and reproduce. Rocks and minerals, not doing any of these, do not have life.

Your life is the time from your birth to your death — you can see this in its origins: "to remain, persevere, continue, live." Life is everything that happens: When people say, "That's life," they mean all the events and tendencies, the human condition itself. You might hear about "city life" — or "country life" for that matter — meaning the habits and expectations of inhabitants of a particular place.

Definitions of life
  1. noun
    the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones
    “there is no life on the moon”
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    characteristic life processes and phenomena of living organisms
    life sustained in the presence of air or oxygen
    type of:
    organic phenomenon
    (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals
  2. noun
    the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities
    “he could no longer cope with the complexities of life
    synonyms: living
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    type of:
    the content of direct observation or participation in an event
  3. noun
    the condition of living or the state of being alive
    “while there's life there's hope”
    life depends on many chemical and physical processes”
    synonyms: aliveness, animation, living
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    eternal life, life eternal
    life without beginning or end
    a person's skin regarded as their life
    endurance, survival
    a state of surviving; remaining alive
    a means of surviving
    type of:
    being, beingness, existence
    the state or fact of existing
  4. noun
    living things collectively
    “the oceans are teeming with life
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    all living things (except people) that are undomesticated
    type of:
    animate thing, living thing
    a living (or once living) entity
  5. noun
    animation and energy in action or expression
    “it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it”
    synonyms: liveliness, spirit, sprightliness
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    quality of being lively and confident
    airiness, delicacy
    lightness in movement or manner
    alacrity, briskness, smartness
    liveliness and eagerness
    energy, muscularity, vigor, vigour, vim
    an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing)
    enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness
    liveliness of mind or spirit
    breeziness, jauntiness
    a breezy liveliness
    buoyancy, effervescence, irrepressibility
    irrepressible liveliness and good spirit
    exuberant liveliness
    ebullience, enthusiasm, exuberance
    eager enjoyment or approval
    ginger, pep, peppiness
    liveliness and energy
    verve, vitality
    an energetic style
    high spirits and animation
    courageous high-spiritedness
    unrestrained and exaggerated enthusiasm
    madness, rabidity, rabidness
    unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm
    type of:
    animation, brio, invigoration, spiritedness, vivification
    quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous
  6. noun
    a characteristic state or mode of living
    “social life
    “city life
    “real life
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    any segregated mode of living or working that results from bias or stereotyping
    type of:
    being, beingness, existence
    the state or fact of existing
  7. noun
    the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living
    “he hoped for a new life in Australia”
    “he wanted to live his own life without interference from others”
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    type of:
    being, beingness, existence
    the state or fact of existing
  8. noun
    the period between birth and the present time
    “I have known him all his life
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    type of:
    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
  9. noun
    the period from the present until death
    “he appointed himself emperor for life
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    days, years
    the time during which someone's life continues
    type of:
    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
  10. noun
    a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives
    “he got life for killing the guard”
    synonyms: life sentence
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    type of:
    prison term, sentence, time
    the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned
  11. noun
    an account of the series of events making up a person's life
    synonyms: biography, life history, life story
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    Parallel Lives
    a collection of biographies of famous pairs of Greeks and Romans written by Plutarch; used by Shakespeare in writing some of his plays
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    a biography of yourself
    a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)
    biographical sketch
    an account of the author's personal experiences
    type of:
    account, chronicle, history, story
    a record or narrative description of past events
  12. noun
    a living person
    “his heroism saved a life
  13. noun
    a motive for living
    “pottery was his life
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    motivation, motive, need
    the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior
  14. noun
    the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death)
    “the battery had a short life
    “he lived a long and happy life
    synonyms: life-time, lifespan, lifetime
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    afterlife, hereafter
    life after death
    kingdom come
    the next world
    perpetual life after death
    type of:
    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
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