deathbed

noun
death·​bed | \ ˈdeth-ˌbed How to pronounce deathbed (audio) \

Definition of deathbed

1 : the bed in which a person dies
2 : the last hours of life
on one's deathbed
: near the point of death

Examples of deathbed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her father, Simcha Ben-Shay, 75, was on his deathbed. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "‘It’s Really a Gift’: Israeli Hospitals Let Relatives Say Goodbye Up Close," 20 Apr. 2020 Her father, Simcha Ben-Shay, 75, was on his deathbed. David M. Halbfinger, BostonGlobe.com, "‘It’s really a gift’: Israeli hospitals let relatives say goodbye in person," 20 Apr. 2020 Lewinsky took to Twitter after reports earlier in the day that Tripp was on her deathbed. refinery29.com, "Clinton Whistleblower Linda Tripp Dies At 70, Monica Lewinsky Reacts To Her Illness," 9 Apr. 2020 In his hospital room, Hopper seems poised to receive a deathbed secret when mortality intervenes. Washington Post, "There’s no shortage of novels about what happens when the Earth stops spinning. ‘The Last Day’ may set a new standard.," 10 Feb. 2020 Strapped to his deathbed inside the execution chamber, the 47-year-old Ochoa spoke through a microphone set over his head. Imelda García, Dallas News, "‘Justice has been done’: Relatives of Oak Cliff massacre victims satisfied with killer’s execution," 8 Feb. 2020 In developing nations, cost, onerous regulation and culture aversion to opioids prevents most from accessing them even on their deathbeds. SFChronicle.com, "Rwanda avoids US-style opioids crisis by making own morphine," 25 Dec. 2019 On her deathbed, Reilly's mother asked her to keep spreading love through the notes. Ashley Vaughan, CNN, "After losing her mom to cancer, a woman found healing - and love - writing thank you notes to veterans and first responders," 22 Feb. 2020 The protagonist is played by a woman named Vitalina Varela, a nonprofessional actor from Cape Verde; the character travels to Lisbon, for the first time, to see her ailing husband, Joaquim, on his deathbed. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Vitalina Varela,” Reviewed: An Audacious Drama About the Struggles of an Immigrant Community," 22 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of deathbed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deathbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deathbed. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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deathbed

noun
death·​bed | \ ˈdeth-ˌbed How to pronounce deathbed (audio) \

Kids Definition of deathbed

: the bed a person dies in
on someone's deathbed
: very close to death

deathbed

noun
death·​bed | \ ˈdeth-ˌbed How to pronounce deathbed (audio) \

Medical Definition of deathbed

1 : the bed in which a person dies
2 : the last hours of life
on one's deathbed
: near the point of death

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