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


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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 After an uprising against brutal German settler colonial rule in what was then known as German Southwest Africa, many Herero were forced into the Omaheke Desert and left to die of starvation and thirst. Suyin Haynes, Time, 28 May 2021 Less pollution is always better in a country where more than 20 people die every hour from poor air quality, and where that burden skews toward communities of color. Max G. Levy, Wired, 27 May 2021 The only alternative, the doctors said, was to let her mother to die peacefully. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, 26 May 2021 Houston Police Commander Caroleta Johnson vowed to not let the name of George Floyd die. Maya Rao, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 In Beijing, party leaders decided their own political interest was in not letting people die—at whatever cost was necessary. Dan Xin Huang, The New Republic, 24 May 2021 O’Malley is widely known for his role investigating the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten and left to die on the outskirts of Laramie, in 1998. Abe Streep, The New Yorker, 21 May 2021 An estimated 52,980 people will die of colorectal in 2021, USPSTF projects. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 18 May 2021 Over 3,000 people are added to the list each month, and 13 people die a day while waiting for a transplant. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 12 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In recent state water board meetings, many California tribal members have also urged action to save salmon, in light of previous mass die-offs during drought. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2021 To reduce the potential for late summer die-offs, DWR is allowing anglers to take greater numbers of fish at select reservoirs and is reducing stocking. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 May 2021 Severe drought can also result in mass die-offs of trees, providing enormous quantities of fuel for any potential fire. New York Times, 19 May 2021 Dawes and others say that during this same period, two other populations in the park — the Drake and Limantour herds, which are not enclosed by a fence — did not see these same dramatic die-offs. Susanne Rust Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2021 Imidacloprid and most neonicotinoids are banned in the European Union because of their links to massive die-offs of non-target insects such as bees. Johnathan Hettinger, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2021 Non-native tilapia die-offs have also been reported in South Texas. Matt Watt, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2021 Van Zee said threadfin shad die-offs have been reported at lakes Texoma, Lavon and Graham. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 26 Feb. 2021 The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission warned anglers to expect die-offs of threadfin shad, a primary food source for lake species such as bass, walleye and crappie. John Flesher And Jamie Stengle, Chron, 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of die


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for die


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


Middle English dee, from Anglo-French

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

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4 Jun 2021

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“Die.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/die. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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)



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


\ 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.
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 The trees died off.
die out
: to disappear gradually The dinosaurs died out millions of years ago.



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 die (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


plural dies\ ˈdīz How to pronounce die (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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