die

1 of 2

verb

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

intransitive verb

1
: to pass from physical life : expire
died at the age of 56
die young
died from his injuries
a dying tree
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
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
4
a
: 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

2 of 2

noun

plural dice ˈdīs How to pronounce die (audio) or dies ˈdīz How to pronounce die (audio)
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
Phrases
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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
One to two out of every 100 children 6 months and younger with RSV infection may end up needing to be hospitalized, according to the CDC, and 100 to 500 children younger than 5 die each year from RSV in the US. Syra Madad, CNN, 16 Nov. 2022 The department does not release details about the cause of death when people die in custody. Anchorage Daily News, 15 Nov. 2022 Originally thought to die in the Senate, the bill managed to garner some bipartisan support among Republicans in the Senate, offering a chance for a significant victory for LGBTQ rights activists. Ken Tran, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2022 Yet another thinks Mia and Lucia are the guests who die. Town & Country, 14 Nov. 2022 The hike, which was hosted by the Wounded Warrior Project, was a 17-mile journey over three days to honor the 17 veterans who die each day by suicide. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Nov. 2022 Each year, the nonprofit rides 20 miles in different parts of the nation to represent the number of veterans who die each day by suicide. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, 11 Nov. 2022 Uganda is riding on a biofabrication 3D printing technology to print human organs to help thousands of patients who die of organ failure in the country. Quartz, 9 Nov. 2022 Best of all is the episode devoted to Mohamed Al-Fayed (Salim Daw) and his son, Dodi (Khalid Abdalla), who would die in the Paris car crash alongside Diana. Leila Latif, Chron, 5 Nov. 2022
Noun
The Rams had a paltry 206 yards, and Tampa Bay wasn’t much better with 323 — 60 of which came on that do-or-die drive at the end. Staff Writer Follow, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2022 Magic was happening on a chilly Saturday night in St. Louis, where the Cardinals were trailing the Philadelphia Phillies in a do-or-die Game 2 of their National League wild-card series, and Albert Pujols was stepping up to the plate. Dave Skretta, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2022 Magic was happening on a chilly Saturday night in St. Louis, where the Cardinals were trailing the Philadelphia Phillies in a do-or-die Game 2 of their National League wild-card series, and Albert Pujols was stepping up to the plate. Dave Skretta, ajc, 9 Oct. 2022 From 2012 until last year, the two wild card teams in each league squared off in a single do-or-die game. David Faris, The Week, 6 Oct. 2022 Francona last week said the prospect of facing Cash, his close friend, in a do-or-die elimination scenario is not a situation that would be easy for him. Joe Noga, cleveland, 4 Oct. 2022 In another do-or-die situation, Alyssa Thomas once again put the team on her back in Game 4, recording her second consecutive triple-double. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 20 Sep. 2022 Until the Colts were in do-or-die mode late, Indianapolis got precious little out of the rest of its weapons. The Indianapolis Star, 12 Sep. 2022 Instead, two plays later on fourth-and-9 — after Lucas made an impressive open-field tackle on third down to force the do-or-die play — the Falcons got the winning touchdown, to steal the game from the Lions, 27-23. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 17 Aug. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'die.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of die was in the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near die

Cite this Entry

“Die.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/die. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

die 1 of 2

verb

died; dying ˈdī-iŋ How to pronounce die (audio)
1
: to stop living : expire
died of old age
2
a
: to pass out of existence : come to an end
their anger was dying down
b
: to disappear or lessen gradually
the wind died down
3
a
: to wish eagerly or desperately
dying to go
b
: to be completely overcome with emotion
almost died of embarrassment
4
: to stop functioning
the motor sputtered and died

die

2 of 2

noun

1
plural dice ˈdīs How to pronounce die (audio) : a small cube marked on each side with one to six spots and used usually in pairs in various games
often used figuratively in expressions concerning chance or the absence of possible change in a course of action
the die was cast
2
plural dies ˈdīz How to pronounce die (audio) : any of various devices used for cutting, shaping, or stamping a material or object

Medical Definition

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

2 of 2

noun

plural dies ˈdīz How to pronounce die (audio)
: any of various tools or devices for imparting a desired shape, form, or finish to a material or for impressing an object or material

More from Merriam-Webster on die

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ