from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Continuing for a lifetime.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Lasting or continuing through life: as, a lifelong struggle with poverty; a lifelong friend.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Lasting or continuing through life.

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  • adjective Extending for the entire duration of life.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective continuing through life


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life +‎ -long


  • Atlanta is creating what it calls "lifelong communities."

    Aging boomers strain cities built for the young

  • In it Haggard admits to what he called a lifelong sexual problem.

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  • Patrick Malarkey, of the Christian Homophobia Coalition, organized protests at the meeting in Houston against the abandonment of what he described as a lifelong dream.

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  • Born in Bangladesh, Rais Bhuiyan came to the US to pursue what he describes as his "lifelong dream of higher education and to experience the American dream". - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Polls in the weeks since the first debate have been volatile, but several have put his party in second place ahead of Brown, who could fall even further after a gaffe in which he called a lifelong Labour supporter a bigot.

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  • In August 2007, Pierce realized what he called a lifelong dream when P.D. Publishing Inc.

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  • This lifelong is leaving this corrupt party that made a mockery of equality and justice for all. steveda - poconos, PA

    Clinton may have key role before November

  • Today, he is pouring nearly $200 million into what has become known as lifelong learning, or college-based education for older adults.

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  • Although of course that initial sense of excitement didn't last forever, by and large my nine years at Oxford, as undergraduate and graduate, were very happy indeed; not only did I thoroughly enjoy and prosper at my academic work, but I made a variety of friends from all over the world, especially from south and east Asia, with many of whom I have kept in lifelong contact.

    Anthony J. Leggett - Autobiography

  • In Finding the Treasure, Sandra Schneiders defines a nun's life as "the total commitment to Christ in lifelong consecrated celibacy lived in community and mission."

    Women of God


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