take (one's) life


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take (one's) life

To kill one or oneself. In the latter case, "own" often precedes "life." Do you feel any remorse for taking their lives all those years ago? I was so saddened to hear that Daniel's father took his own life yesterday.
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take someone's life

to kill someone. (Can include onself.) It's the executioner's job to take people's lives.
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take someone's life

1. Kill someone, as in They argued about invoking the death penalty for taking someone's life. [c. 1300]
2. take one's own life. Commit suicide, as in Most churches have long opposed taking one's own life. [First half of 1900s]
3. take one's life in one's hands. Take a serious risk, as in Climbing without oxygen is really taking your life in your hands.
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take somebody’s ˈlife

(formal) kill somebody: In my opinion, the state does not have the right to take a person’s life.
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take your own ˈlife

(formal) kill yourself; commit suicide: His children died in a house fire and shortly afterwards he took his own life.
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take (one's) life

To commit suicide.
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take (someone's) life

To commit murder.
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