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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When someone takes someone's life, it isn't just the person who died but all the people touched by their lives - they never get over it.
It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone's life.
If a person takes someone's life then they should get a life sentence, at the very least.
Drivers who kill at the wheel will be treated like anyone else who takes someone's life, the Government said yesterday.
Actor and campaigner Tony Robinson, launching the event, said: "Every three seconds poverty takes someone's life.