take (one's) life

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take (one's) life

To kill someone 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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Now a mental health worker himself, Netherley resident Wayne can identify with people suffering from suicidal feelings because, as his video explains, he has attempted to take his own life in the past.
He had previously tried to take his own life, but had been unsuccessful.
Recording that Mr Ralphson took his own life, Coroner Roger Whittaker said: "In his depression I believe he intended to take his own life.