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verb \ˈdī\

Simple Definition of die

  • : to stop living

  • : to end life in a specified state or condition

  • : to have or suffer (a specified kind of death)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of die

dieddying play \ˈdī-iŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pass from physical life :  expire

  3. 2 a :  to pass out of existence :  cease <their anger died at these words> b :  to disappear or subside gradually —often used with away, down, or out <the storm died down>

  4. 3 a :  sink, languish <dying from fatigue> b :  to long keenly or desperately <dying to go> c :  to be overwhelmed by emotion <die of embarrassment>

  5. 4 a :  to cease functioning :  stop <the motor died> b :  to end in failure <the bill died in committee>

  6. 5 :  to become indifferent <die to worldly things>

die hard
  1. 1 :  to be long in dying <such rumors die hard>

  2. 2 :  to continue resistance against hopeless odds <that kind of determination dies hard>

die on the vine
  1. :  to fail especially at an early stage through lack of support or enthusiasm <let the proposal die on the vine>

to die for
  1. :  extremely desirable or appealing <the dessert was to die for>

Examples of die in a sentence

  1. She claims she's not afraid to die.

  2. He died in 1892 at the age of 37.

  3. People in the town began dying suddenly.

  4. He died a violent and painful death.

  5. Her secret died with her.

  6. He's the last of a dying breed.

Origin of die

Middle English dien, from or akin to Old Norse deyja to die; akin to Old High German touwen to die

First Known Use: 12th century



noun \ˈdī\

Simple Definition of die

  • : a tool that is used for cutting, shaping, or stamping a material or an object

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of die

plural dice play \ˈdīs\ or dies play \ˈdīz\

  1. 1 plural dice :  a small cube marked on each face with from one to six spots and used usually in pairs in various games and in gambling by being shaken and thrown to come to rest at random on a flat surface —often used figuratively in expressions concerning chance or the irrevocability of a course of action <the die was cast>

  2. 2 plural dies :  dado 1a

  3. 3 plural dies :  any of various tools or devices for imparting a desired shape, form, or finish to a material or for impressing an object or material: as a (1) :  the larger of a pair of cutting or shaping tools that when moved toward each other produce a desired form in or impress a desired device on an object by pressure or by a blow (2) :  a device composed of a pair of such tools b :  a hollow internally threaded screw-cutting tool used for forming screw threads c :  a mold into which molten metal or other material is forced d :  a perforated block through which metal or plastic is drawn or extruded for shaping

Examples of die in a sentence

  1. Each player throws one die.

  2. <he rolled the die, hoping for a six>

Origin of die

Middle English dee, from Anglo-French

First Known Use: 14th century

DIE Defined for Kids



verb \ˈdī\

Definition of die for Students


  1. 1 :  to stop living

  2. 2 :  to come to an end <Their hope has not died.>

  3. 3 :  to want badly <I'm dying to go.> <I'm dying for a drink.>

  4. 4 :  to stop working or running <The motor died.>

die down
  1. :  to gradually become less strong <The wind died down.>

die off
  1. :  to die one after another so fewer and fewer are left <Without enough water, the cattle died off.>

die out
  1. :  to disappear gradually <The dinosaurs died out millions of years ago.>




Definition of die for Students

  1. 1 plural dice \ˈdīs\ :  a small cube marked on each side with one to six spots and used in games

  2. 2 plural dies \ˈdīz\ :  a device for forming or cutting material by pressure

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