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life (for “o' life”† Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 263 see A-LIFE; 7 is recorded first from S.)
1. “of life,” living Sonn. xvi. 9.
2. (one's) “life,” in one's lifetime Wint. I. i. 45, V. i. 137 “I desire my life Once more to look on him.”
3. in asseverations and oaths:—“for my ” Ado III. ii. 76, LLL. V. ii. 726; “God's my ” Ado IV. ii. 75, MND. IV. i. 210, AYL. III. v. 43 “Od's my little life.”
4. embodiment of life, living being Mac. V. vii. 31 [viii. 2] “Whiles I see lives.”
5. soul, essence John V. vii. 1 “the of all his blood,” Troil. I. iii. 385, II. ii. 194 “the of our design.”
6. “my ,” my beloved, my dearest (freq.) Cym. V. v. 227 “My queen, my life, my wife.”
7. (chiefly “the ”) the living form or model, living semblance Ado II. iii. 117 [110], Wint. V. iii. 19 “the as lively mock'd,” H5 v. Chor. 5 “cannot in their huge and proper Be here presented,” Tim. I. i. 36, 39, Ven. 289 “when a painter would surpass the ;— to the ,” with faithful or exact presentation or reproduction Cor. III. ii. 106, Per. V. i. 247; “so with good life” Tp. III. iii. 86.
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