give (one's) life

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give (one's) life

To die or devote one's entire life for a cause (often saving someone else or defending a particular belief). Are you willing to give your life for your family if the insurgents reach our house? She gave her life to helping the poor.
See also: give, life
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He was not created for fighting; but I think that if the occasion should ever arise where it became necessary he would give his life cheer-fully for me--yes, I KNOW it.
And then I bent over her and whispered, `Awake, fairest, thy lover is near--he who would give his life but to obtain one look of affection from thine eyes; my beloved, awake!'
O Miss Manette, when the little picture of a happy father's face looks up in yours, when you see your own bright beauty springing up anew at your feet, think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you!"
Also, I would like to point out to Caerphilly Council that my husband, whose name is on the Cenotaph, did not give his life for the LGBT agenda or any such minddestroying tactics.
He spent two years working on a ranch in Alberta, picked strawberries near Mission, B.C., and was working on a fox farm near Okanagan Lake when he received a phone call, followed by a letter, which would give his life a new direction.
You enter this special warrior class, along with Lieutenant Valmore Bourque, Class of 1959--the first cadet to take the oath of allegiance in the first cadet class--and the first Academy graduate to give his life in combat.
Paul is ill at ease in the world and searching for a way to give his life meaning.