die

verb
\ ˈdī How to pronounce die (audio) \
died; dying\ ˈdī-​iŋ How to pronounce dying (audio) \

Definition of die

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to pass from physical life : expire died at the age of 56 die young died from his injuries a dying tree
2a : 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
3a : sink, languish dying from fatigue
b : to long keenly or desperately dying to go
c : to be overwhelmed by emotion die of embarrassment
4a : to cease functioning : stop the motor died
b : to end in failure the bill died in committee
5 : to become indifferent die to worldly things
die hard
1 : to be long in dying such rumors die hard
2 : to continue resistance against hopeless odds that kind of determination dies hard
die on the vine
: to fail especially at an early stage through lack of support or enthusiasm let the proposal die on the vine
to die for
: extremely desirable or appealing the dessert was to die for

die

noun
\ ˈdī How to pronounce die (audio) \
plural dice\ ˈdīs How to pronounce dice (audio) \ or dies\ ˈdīz How to pronounce dies (audio) \

Definition of die (Entry 2 of 2)

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 plural dies, architecture : dado sense 1a
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: such 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for die

Synonyms: Verb

check out, conk (out), croak [slang], decease, demise, depart, drop, end, exit, expire, fall, flatline, go, kick in [slang], kick off [slang], pass (on), pass away, part, peg out [chiefly British], perish, pop off, step out, succumb

Synonyms: Noun

bones, dice

Antonyms: Verb

breathe, live

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Examples of die in a Sentence

Verb

She claims she's not afraid to die. He died in 1892 at the age of 37. People in the town began dying suddenly. He died a violent and painful death. Her secret died with her. He's the last of a dying breed.

Noun

Each player throws one die. he rolled the die, hoping for a six
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks, died on Saturday at 72, after a battle with cancer. Vogue, "Model and Actress Peggy Lipton Dies at 72," 12 May 2019 At the end of the show, the visitor learns that in 1944, af Klint died tragically in a tram accident. Jeffrey Bauman, ELLE Decor, "See This Record-Breaking Guggenheim Exhibit Before It’s Gone," 18 Apr. 2019 Forktail storm petrels, fulmars, shearwaters, kittiwakes, auklets and puffins also died. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists," 16 Apr. 2019 The King and Queen of Arendelle died on the way to Rapunzel's wedding Speaking of VIP invite lists, what fancy affair were the King and Queen attending when their ship capsized? Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "20 Insane Disney Movie Fan Theories That Will Blow. Your. Mind.," 16 Apr. 2019 When my husband was a child, his father died suddenly from a blood clot, so that’s always been in the back of my head. Nicole Pajer, SELF, "What I Wish I’d Known Before Dealing With a Medical Emergency While Traveling Abroad," 15 Apr. 2019 When Mad Men was hot, everyone was dying for midcentury things again. Joanna Saltz, House Beautiful, "Designers Reveal Their Unexpected Sources for Decorating Inspo," 12 Apr. 2019 But two years earlier, at least 138,000 people died in Bangladesh and Myanmar of Cyclone Nargis. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 Just in time for Windows 7 to die, Microsoft is porting DirectX 12 to it -- on a game-by-game basis. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft ports DirectX 12 to Windows 7, giving some older PC games a performance boost," 13 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The third option costs $199.99 annually, which has the same perks as the others but is the most cost effective for die-hards. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "What I Learned From Having an On-Call Astrologer for a Week," 1 Apr. 2019 But that's just not enough for some die-hard viewers. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Courtney Cox Visited The Friends Apartment and it's The Best Thing You'll See All Day," 21 Mar. 2019 My mom, a die-hard Spanish citizen and fan, has probably just disowned me. Alex Ward, Vox, "9 questions about the 2018 World Cup you were too embarrassed to ask," 12 June 2018 Bitmain, even though it is helmed by die-hard crypto-enthusiasts, wants to create artificial-intelligence chips for other uses. The Economist, "How a few companies are bitcoining it," 19 May 2018 On the socialist left, which forms the die-hard core of his support, the 2016 success of both Trump and Bernie Sanders is seen as conclusive proof that America has rejected liberal capitalism once and for all. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Trump’s Assault on Democracy Doesn’t Bother the Illiberal Left," 16 May 2018 But the fact remains: More than 4,000 women die of cervical cancer each year, including a disproportionate amount of women of color. Leana Wen, SELF, "Before I Was President of Planned Parenthood, I Was Diagnosed With Cervical Cancer at a Routine Screening," 28 Jan. 2019 Snap also couldn’t let the Spectacles dream die, and launched version two, as well as a couple fashionable sunglass options that are sold in department stores like Neiman Marcus to cater to a higher-end customer. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Snap," 27 Dec. 2018 One in 14 American women with accreta die, usually from excessive bleeding. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The troubling epidemic of unnecessary C-sections around the world, explained," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of die

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for die

Verb

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

Noun

Middle English dee, from Anglo-French

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die

verb

English Language Learners Definition of die

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to stop living
: to end life in a specified state or condition
: to have or suffer (a specified kind of death)

die

noun

English Language Learners Definition of die (Entry 2 of 2)

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

die

verb
\ ˈdī How to pronounce die (audio) \
died; dying

Kids Definition of die

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to stop living
2 : to come to an end Their hope has not died.
3 : to want badly I'm dying to go. I'm dying for a drink.
4 : to stop working or running The motor died.
die down
: to gradually become less strong The wind died down.
die off
: to die one after another so fewer and fewer are left Without enough water, the cattle died off.
die out
: to disappear gradually The dinosaurs died out millions of years ago.

die

noun

Kids Definition of die (Entry 2 of 2)

1 plural dice\ ˈdīs\ : a small cube marked on each side with one to six spots and used in games
2 plural dies\ ˈdīz\ : a device for forming or cutting material by pressure
\ ˈdī How to pronounce die (audio) \
died; dying\ ˈdī-​iŋ How to pronounce dying (audio) \

Medical Definition of die

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to suffer total and irreversible loss of the bodily attributes and functions that constitute life
2 : to suffer or face the pains of death

die

noun
plural dies\ ˈdīz How to pronounce dies (audio) \

Medical Definition of die (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of various tools or devices for imparting a desired shape, form, or finish to a material or for impressing an object or material

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