lifetime

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From Middle English liftime, equivalent to life +‎ time. Compare Saterland Frisian Lieuwendstied, Dutch leeftijd and levenstijd, German Low German Levenstied, German Lebenszeit, Danish livstid, Swedish livstid, Icelandic líftími.

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lifetime (plural lifetimes)

  1. The duration of the life of someone or something.
  2. (informal, hyperbolic) A long period of time.
    I've been waiting a lifetime for a train.

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