Definition of lifetime noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlaɪftaɪm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪftaɪm//
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  • the length of time that somebody lives or that something lasts His diary was not published during his lifetime. a lifetime of experience in the lifetime of the present government He had spent a lifetime trying to please his father.
  • Extra examples After a lifetime as a journalist in the trouble spots of the world, he retired to the country. Callas was a legend in her own lifetime. College seems a half a lifetime away. He devoted a lifetime to working with disabled children. Herbert von Karajan was a legend in his own lifetime. I’ve seen many changes during my lifetime. It seems a lifetime since we first met. It took a whole lifetime to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance. It was the holiday of a lifetime! It’s hard to break the habits of a lifetime. Payments are based on expected lifetime income. She gave the performance of a lifetime. She spent a lifetime in politics. That sort of thing happens only once in a lifetime. The artist was little known in his lifetime. The images are part of a lifetime’s worth of photographs from Cohen’s long career. The veteran director won a lifetime achievement award. This watch should last you a lifetime. You can live a whole lifetime and not witness such an event. a lifetime of problems wisdom gained in the course of a long lifetime For the chance of a lifetime fill in the coupon below and send it to the following address. He has nothing to look forward to but a lifetime of misery. Only two volumes of his poetry were published during his lifetime. These spending commitments are not achievable in the lifetime of the present government.Idioms
    the chance, etc. of a lifetime
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    a wonderful opportunity, etc. that you are not likely to get again the trip of a lifetime When she was offered the job she knew it was the chance of a lifetime.
    used to describe something special that is not likely to happen to you again An opportunity like this comes once in a lifetime. a once-in-a-lifetime experience
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lifetime