adjective Date: 1855 1. lasting or continuing through life 2. long-standing

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  • lifelong — lifelong, livelong Lifelong (19c) is a combination of life and long, and means ‘lasting or continuing for a lifetime’ (his lifelong companion). Livelong, pronounced liv long, is a much older word (15c) and is a combination of lief, meaning ‘dear …   Modern English usage

  • lifelong — [līf′lôŋ′] adj. lasting or not changing during one s whole life [a lifelong love] …   English World dictionary

  • Lifelong — Life long (l[imac]f l[o^]ng ), a. [Life + long. Cf. {Livelong}.] Lasting or continuing through life. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lifelong — index durable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lifelong — also life long, continuing a lifetime, 1855, from LIFE (Cf. life) (n.) + LONG (Cf. long) (adj.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lifelong — [adj] lasting constant, continuing, deeprooted, enduring, for life, inveterate, lifetime, livelong, long lasting, long lived, long standing, old, perennial, permanent, persistent; concept 798 Ant. short lived, temporary, tenuous …   New thesaurus

  • lifelong — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lasting or remaining in a particular state throughout a person s life …   English terms dictionary

  • lifelong —     Jesse Bishop was a lifelong drug addict who had spent 20 of his 46 years in prison (Guardian). You might be a lifelong resident of New York or a lifelong churchgoer or, at a stretch, a lifelong lover of music. But unless the unfortunate Mr.… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • lifelong — life|long [ˈlaıflɔŋ US lo:ŋ] adj [only before noun] continuing or existing all through your life ▪ She became a lifelong friend of ours. ▪ David finally realized his lifelong ambition …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lifelong — life|long [ laıf,lɔŋ ] adjective continuing all through your life: a lifelong friendship lifelong supporters of the team …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lifelong —  Though the term needn’t be taken absolutely literally in most contexts, it should have some sense of at least approximately covering the whole of the subject’s existence, so that one might be called a lifelong Yankees fan, but not, say, a… …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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