life history

life history
1. an account of the series of events making up a person's life (Freq. 3)
Syn: ↑biography, ↑life, ↑life story
Derivationally related forms: ↑biographical (for: ↑biography), ↑biographer (for: ↑biography)
Hypernyms: ↑history, ↑account, ↑chronicle, ↑story
Hyponyms: ↑autobiography, ↑hagiography, ↑profile
Instance Hyponyms: ↑Parallel Lives
2. the general progression of your working or professional life

the general had had a distinguished career


he had a long career in the law

Syn: ↑career
Derivationally related forms: ↑careerist (for: ↑career)

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noun, pl ⋯ -ries [count]
biology : the full range of changes, habits, and behaviors of a living thing over the course of its life

studying the life history of bears

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ˌlife ˈhistory [life history life histories] noun
all the events that happen in the life of a person, animal or plant
Example Bank:

He sat at the bar and told me his whole life history.

The aim of the project is to study the life histories of insects.

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