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dead

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adjective \ˈded\

Definition of dead

  1. 1 :  deprived of life :  no longer alive a dead tree dead soldiers missing and presumed dead

  2. 2a (1) :  having the appearance of death :  deathly in a dead faint (2) :  lacking power to move, feel, or respond :  numb my arm feels deadb :  very tired Our legs were completely dead after the hike.c (1) :  incapable of being stirred emotionally or intellectually :  unresponsive a heart dead to pity felt dead inside (2) :  grown cold :  extinguished dead coals

  3. 3a :  inanimate, inert dead matterb :  barren, infertile dead soilc :  no longer producing or functioning :  exhausted a dead battery

  4. 4a (1) :  lacking power or effect a dead law (2) :  no longer having interest, relevance, or significance a dead issueb :  no longer in use :  obsolete a dead languagec :  no longer active :  extinct a dead volcanod :  lacking in gaiety or animation a dead partye (1) :  lacking in commercial activity :  quiet The city is dead after five o'clock. (2) :  commercially idle or unproductive dead capitalf :  lacking elasticity (see elasticity 1a) a dead tennis ballg :  being out of action or out of use The phone went dead.; specifically, electrical engineering :  free from any connection to a source of voltage and free from electric charges a dead electrical circuith (1) sports, games :  being out of play a dead ball (2) croquet :  temporarily forbidden to play or to make a certain play

  5. 5a :  not running or circulating :  stagnant dead waterb :  not turning the dead center of a lathec mechanical engineering :  not imparting motion or power although otherwise functioning a dead rear axled :  lacking warmth, vigor, or taste The fire was dead. a dead wine

  6. 6a :  absolutely uniform a dead level of mediocrityb (1) :  unerring a dead shot with a rifle (2) :  exact dead center of the target (3) :  certain to be doomed he's dead if he's late for curfew (4) :  irrevocable a dead lossc :  abrupt brought to a dead stopd (1) :  complete, absolute a dead silence (2) :  all-out caught it on the dead run

  7. 7 :  devoid of former occupants dead villages

deadness

noun

dead in the water

  1. 1 :  incapable of being effective :  stalled peace talks were dead in the water

  2. 2 :  as good as dead :  doomed most books are dead in the water long before their publication — Phillip Lopate

dead to rights

  1. :  with no chance of escape or excuse :  red-handed had him dead to rights for the robbery

over one's dead body

  1. :  only by overcoming one's utter and determined resistance vows that they'll raise his taxes over his dead body

Examples of dead in a Sentence

  1. Her husband is dead. He died last year.

  2. He was found dead in his apartment yesterday.

  3. He lay dead on the floor.

  4. The lost mountain climbers were believed dead.

  5. The poster said that the robbers were wanted dead or alive.

  6. Our legs were completely dead after hiking all day.

  7. I'm dead if I come in late for work again.

  8. If I ever get my hands on you, you're dead!

Origin and Etymology of dead

Middle English deed, from Old English dēad; akin to Old Norse dauthr dead, deyja to die, Old High German tōt dead — more at die


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of dead

dead, defunct, deceased, departed, late mean devoid of life. dead applies literally to what is deprived of vital force but is used figuratively of anything that has lost any attribute (such as energy, activity, radiance) suggesting life. a dead, listless performance defunct stresses cessation of active existence or operation. a defunct television series deceased, departed, and late apply to persons who have died recently. deceased is the preferred term in legal use. the estate of the deceased departed is used usually as a euphemism. our departed sister late is used especially with reference to a person in a specific relation or status. the company's late president

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dead

noun

Definition of dead

plural

dead

  1. 1 :  someone who is no longer alive :  one that is dead (see 1dead 1) —usually used collectively They were among the dead.

  2. 2 :  the state of being dead raised him from the dead — Colossians 2:12 (Revised Standard Version)

  3. 3 :  the time of greatest quiet the dead of night

Examples of dead in a Sentence

  1. By the end of the war, there were over two million dead.

  2. He began his journey in the dead of winter.

Origin and Etymology of dead

see 1dead


First Known Use: before 12th century


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dead

adverb

Definition of dead

  1. 1 :  absolutely, utterly dead certain finished dead last The room became dead quiet. — Farley Mowat

  2. 2 :  suddenly and completely stopped dead in his tracks

  3. 3 :  directly dead ahead

Examples of dead in a Sentence

  1. She's dead certain that she can finish the job.

  2. We were dead tired by the end of the day.

  3. He's not joking. In fact, he's dead serious.

  4. They were both dead drunk and passed out on the floor.

  5. She finished the race dead last.

Origin and Etymology of dead

see 1dead


First Known Use: 14th century


DEAD Defined for English Language Learners

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dead

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adjective \ˈded\

Definition of dead for English Language Learners

  • : no longer alive or living : no longer having life

  • : not able to feel or move

  • : very tired

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dead

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Definition of dead for English Language Learners

  • : people who have died

  • the dead : the state of being dead

  • : the time in the middle of the night or winter

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dead

adverb

Definition of dead for English Language Learners

  • : completely or totally

  • : in a sudden and complete way

  • : directly or exactly


DEAD Defined for Kids

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dead

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adjective \ˈded\

Definition of dead for Students

  1. 1 :  no longer living … the spider rolled over onto its back, unmarked, but unmistakably dead. — J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire

  2. 2 :  having the look of death a dead faint

  3. 3 :  1numb 1

  4. 4 :  very tired That was hard work. I'm dead.

  5. 5 :  lacking motion, activity, energy, or power to function a dead battery

  6. 6 :  no longer in use dead languages

  7. 7 :  no longer active a dead volcano

  8. 8 :  lacking warmth or vigor Make sure the fire is dead.

  9. 9 :  not lively This party is dead.

  10. 10 :  accurate, precise a dead shot

  11. 11 :  being sudden and complete The ride came to a dead stop.

  12. 12 :  1complete 1, total dead silence

  13. 13 :  facing certain punishment If we get caught, we're dead.


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dead

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noun

Definition of dead for Students

plural

dead

  1. 1 :  a person who is no longer alive Hint: This sense of dead is usually used for all people who are no longer alive. the living and the dead

  2. 2 :  the time of greatest quiet or least activity the dead of night


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dead

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adverb

Definition of dead for Students

  1. 1 :  in a whole or complete manner dead tired

  2. 2 :  suddenly and completely stopped dead

  3. 3 :  2straight 2 dead ahead


Medical Dictionary

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dead

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adjective \ˈded\

Medical Definition of dead

  1. 1:  deprived of life :  having died dead of scarlet fever

  2. 2:  lacking power to move, feel, or respond :  numb


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dead

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Medical Definition of dead

plural

dead

  1. :  one that is dead—usually used collectively



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