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What is the meaning of life?

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    Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. To my way of thinking, each person has to determine his/her meaning of life. Here is what the dictionary says:

    Main Entry: [1]life
    Pronunciation: 'lIf
    Function: noun
    Inflected Form(s): plural lives /'lIvz/
    Etymology: Middle English lif, from Old English lIf; akin to Old English libban to live —more at LIVE
    Date: before 12th century
    1 a : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body b : a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings; compare VITALISM 1 c : an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction
    2 a : the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual b : one or more aspects of the process of living <sex life of the frog>
    3 : BIOGRAPHY 1
    4 : spiritual existence transcending physical death
    5 a : the period from birth to death b : a specific phase of earthly existence <adult life> c : the period from an event until death <a judge appointed for life> d : a sentence of imprisonment for the remainder of a convict's life
    6 : a way or manner of living
    8 : a vital or living being; specifically : PERSON <many lives were lost in the disaster>
    9 : an animating and shaping force or principle
    10 : SPIRIT, ANIMATION <there was no life in her dancing>
    11 : the form or pattern of something existing in reality <painted from life>
    12 : the period of duration, usefulness, or popularity of something <the expected life of flashlight batteries>
    13 : the period of existence (as of a subatomic particle) — compare HALF-LIFE
    14 : a property (as resilience or elasticity) of an inanimate substance or object resembling the animate quality of a living being
    15 : living beings (as of a particular kind or environment) <forest life>
    16 a : human activities b : animate activity and movement <stirrings of life> c : the activities of a given sphere, area, or time <the political life of the country>
    17 : one providing interest and vigor <life of the party>
    18 : an opportunity for continued viability <gave the patient a new life>
    19 : capitalized Christian Science : GOD 1b
    20 : something resembling animate life <a grant saved the project's life>


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    P.S. And now for some sites on that very question:



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