\ˈdī \
died; dying\ˈdī-​iŋ \

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 \
plural dice\ˈdīs \ or dies\ˈdīz \

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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This dynamic was thrust into the spotlight recently with news that six professional drivers in the city died by suicide over a period of 12 months in 2017 and 2018, including three taxi drivers who were struggling to make ends meet. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "New York City passes nation’s first minimum pay rate for Uber and Lyft drivers," 5 Dec. 2018 In the novel version Murtagh dies during the Battle of Culloden, which made his brief cameo as Jamie’s fellow Ardsmuir prisoner the first hint the show was going in a different direction with the character. Sarene Leeds, Glamour, "7 Times Outlander Didn't Follow What Happened in the Book," 3 Dec. 2018 Their only hope of getting treatment is if someone else dies first, freeing up a bed. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 WYOMING Mary Throne Nellie Ross became governor of Wyoming via special election in 1925, after her husband died in office. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 If nothing changes, every summer, as the water gets warmer, the algae off the Oregon coast will start blooming, and the animals will start dying. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Annual 'Suffocations' Are the Forest Fires of the Ocean," 30 Oct. 2018 But, wait, didn't Ben die during the second episode of season three of Riverdale?! Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here's the 'Riverdale' Crossover During 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' That You Probably Missed," 29 Oct. 2018 Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof, a legal pimp who gained notoriety for an HBO series about his business, has died, Fox News has learned. Fox News, "Dennis Hof, Nevada brothel owner, dead at 72," 16 Oct. 2018 By far the most ridiculous of the Rocky films, Rocky IV sends the mumblemouthed boxer into the Soviet Union to avenge the death of Apollo, who died in a match against Ivan Drago, the Russian monolith of a man played by Dolph Lundgren. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Creed II is no Creed. But it’s a pretty good Rocky sequel.," 21 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rising temperatures can trigger massive die-offs in places filled with life, for example, such as the oceans or tropical and boreal forests. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Warn Earth's Ecosystems Could Start Releasing CO2 On Their Own," 7 Aug. 2018 The bright and contemporary city center location—all light woods, quirky furnishings, and greenery—has expanded, too, so there’s plenty of seating both inside and out to accommodate the die-hards. Sandra Ramani, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Dublin," 11 July 2018 Our own die-in went smoothly, but our mission has only just begun. Jenni Corwin, Teen Vogue, "What Exactly a Die-In Is, and How to Organize Your Own," 6 July 2018 David Hogg, one of the most vocal Parkland students, helped Fugleberg and her co-organizers, Nurah Abdulhaqq and Acadia Gilchrist, plan the die-in. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "2 years after the Pulse nightclub shooting, young gun-control activists plan 'die-in' on Capitol Hill," 12 June 2018 Let the game begin with a roll of the die, not with the setting up of pieces. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 10 Days to Go - What if Frank Lampard’s ‘Goal’ Had Counted in 2010?," 4 June 2018 Even the good German who wrapped the boy up and gave him milk and chocolate dies. Megan Koreman, WSJ, "Five Best: Megan Koreman on the Cost of Courage Under Nazism," 25 Oct. 2018 Players can also choose to roll a regular die or one themed specifically around their character. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Super Mario Party would like you to be nicer to your friends," 5 Oct. 2018 Chilled dies are then pushed into the molds to quickly set the hot shells in 11 seconds. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Behind the scenes at Ocho’s Oakland candy factory," 30 Mar. 2018

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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 \
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 \
died; dying\ˈdī-​iŋ \

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 \

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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a knickknack or trinket

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