\ 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 Black Wisconsinites had been less likely to die in car crashes than whites and Hispanics until about 2013. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2021 In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 5.3 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a UDOH analysis. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Sep. 2021 In that youngest age group, from 40 to 64, people of color were far more likely to die of the virus. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 15 Sep. 2021 There is strong evidence that COVID-19 vaccines save lives—a recent, large CDC study, conducted across 13 U.S. jurisdictions, found that unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely than vaccinated people to die of COVID-19. Anjani Jain, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2021 Middle-age people who walked at least 7,000 steps a day on average were 50 percent to 70 percent less likely to die of any cause over the next decade, compared with those who took fewer steps. Jacqueline Stenson, NBC News, 12 Sep. 2021 According to a landmark 2013 study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, firefighters have a 9% greater risk of being diagnosed with cancer and are 14% more likely to die of cancer than other individuals. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Men were about four times more likely to die of accidental overdoses than women. Yoohyun Jung, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Sep. 2021 There were no differences in the risks of death between trans and cisgender men, the study found, though the group was almost twice as likely to die than cis women, especially from non-natural causes like suicide. Robert Hart, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Saturday would have been Free Comic Book Day, an annual nationwide event intended to bring die-hards and newbies alike into stores. Mike Rose, cleveland, 9 Aug. 2021 Go by yourself, pair up with your ride-or-die BFF (your version of Beth, perhaps) or grab your Kayce for a cute couple's costume. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 15 July 2021 Earlier that evening, about 600 cars had piled into the drive-in in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, but by 2 a.m., only the die-hards remained. BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2021 Rodriguez’s character has been Dom’s ride-or-die since the original film, aside from the brief period when she was presumed dead after an explosion, Dom hooked up with Elena, and Letty had to overcome a bout of amnesia. Brian Truitt, USA Today, 24 June 2021 In the film, Ashley (Jasmine Cephas Jones), Miles’s ride-or-die, appears in only a handful of scenes. New York Times, 11 June 2021 Even some of June's ride-or-die sisters are losing their patience. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 23 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has lifted fish catch limits on Pineview and two dozen other Utah reservoirs in anticipation of die-offs resulting from low water. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Aug. 2021 Despite neonicotinoids being connected to massive die-offs of non-target insects such as bees and butterflies, the EPA proposed re-approving imidacloprid and other class members last year. Mary Ramsey, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 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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“Die.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/die. Accessed 20 Sep. 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


intransitive verb
\ 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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