\ 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


\ 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


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.


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

Bob Fouts, whose broadcasting career lasted more than a half-century and included a lengthy stint as one of the 49ers’ main announcers, died of natural causes Sunday in San Francisco. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "Longtime Bay Area broadcaster Bob Fouts dies at 97," 7 July 2019 Of those, at least seven have been ruled justifiable and one died this year from a shooting that happened in 2018. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Drive-by shooting outside Ensley motorcycle club leaves 1 dead," 7 July 2019 Sophia grew up on Barbour Street and her neighbor Anna DiMartino died in the circus fire in 1944. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "On circus fire anniversary, poignant reflections on 168 lives lost," 7 July 2019 Condolences may be offered at www.woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com Woodlawn Funeral Home 407-293-1361 Robert Arnold Belcher Robert A. Belcher,75, died July 1, 2019. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/7," 7 July 2019 When Stagmer’s mom died, the league helped her get through it. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "At Baltimore tournament, roller derby athletes find family and fun," 6 July 2019 The victim was taken to University of Louisville Hospital and later died, Sanders said. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Man was fatally shot in Old Louisville, police say," 6 July 2019 The University of Hawaii confirmed the linebacker's July 4 death on Friday, although a cause of death had yet to be announced Scheyenne Sanitoa, a linebacker for the University of Hawaii, died on July 4. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "University of Hawaii Football Player Scheyenne Sanitoa Dies at 21: 'We Are Devastated,' Team Says," 6 July 2019 The reason why Daryl Parker is so sure of where Jennifer died is because of a clue that lies on the river's floor a short way down the dirt road. CBS News, "Unsolved murder case is the talk of small Texas town 17 years later," 6 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The heat is thought to have caused the largest local die-off of mussels in 15 years, raising fears for the broader ecosystem. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: The NBA's free agent free-for-all," 1 July 2019 The number of dead whales found in Washington state this year has already surpassed the tally for 2000, when the last significant die-off of gray whales occurred on the West Coast. Washington Post, "US agency seeks ‘hosts’ for rotting whales amid die-off," 21 June 2019 Earlier reports said the spill contributed to the Gulf of Mexico's largest and longest dolphin die-off. Fox News, "Hundreds of dolphins stranded, wash up dead along US Gulf Coast, officials say," 16 June 2019 Those reports said the spill contributed to the Gulf of Mexico’s largest and longest dolphin die-off. Janet Mcconnaughey, BostonGlobe.com, "Nearly 300 dolphins dead on Gulf Coast, triple usual number," 14 June 2019 Certain types of seaweed can accordingly be used as a proxy to gauge coral die-offs. Quanta Magazine, "Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems," 29 May 2019 The die-off was a symptom of the declining health of the bay, which lies between the Florida Keys and the mainland. Kate Stein, Scientific American, "Climate Change Throws a Wrench in Everglades Restoration," 21 June 2019 Have a backup charger or battery pack, as well as a list of emergency phone numbers in case your phone dies. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "How To Celebrate Pride In A Place Where You Can't," 20 June 2019 On average, all cars depreciate 38.2 percent over three years, proving the adage of die-hard used car buyers who always let the original owners take the initial decline in value. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Top 10 bargains on late model used cars in South Florida | PHOTOS," 15 June 2019

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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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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. 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.



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


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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