die

verb
\ 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

die

noun
\ 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

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

By the time Boke was nine, both of her parents had died and she and her sister were sent to live with their grandmother. Shay Maunz, Glamour, "This Young Woman Is Fighting Poverty in Tanzania by Teaching Women to Make Clothes," 8 Mar. 2019 Janice Freeman, who rose to fame on season 13 of the NBC show, has died at 33. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coaches Pay Tribute to Contestant Janice Freeman, Who Has Died at 33," 4 Mar. 2019 According to a study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, 259 people have died trying to take selfies in dangerous situations. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "This Teen Fell Off A Bridge While Trying To Take a Selfie And Broke Almost Every Bone in His Face," 21 Feb. 2019 Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most prolific and widely popular designers of the 20th and 21st centuries, has died in Paris. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Legendary Designer Karl Lagerfeld Has Died," 19 Feb. 2019 Getty Images Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Karl Lagerfeld Has Died at 85," 19 Feb. 2019 After 36 years at the helm of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld has died. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Karl Lagerfeld's Best Quotes on Fashion, Celebrity, and His Over-the-top Lifestyle," 19 Feb. 2019 Russell Baker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and host of Masterpiece Theatre has died at 93 years old. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Legendary 'Masterpiece Theatre' Host Russell Baker Has Died," 23 Jan. 2019 Seven workers have died in the company's warehouses since 2013, according to a report from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health that listed the tech giant as one of the most dangerous places to work in the country. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Infant Girl Found Dead in Amazon Warehouse," 17 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An effective way to get that point across is a die-in, which is when activists occupy a space and lie down to simulate dead bodies. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "5 Protest Tactics We Loved in 2018," 29 Dec. 2018 Budding cartographers will appreciate the simple map at the book’s beginning, and playful die-cuts let kiddos peek into windows and under bridges. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 Sean Dupuis was the star in the do-or-die game, collecting the win on the mound and driving in a team-high three RBIs including an inside-the-park home run during a big third inning. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park Mustang all-stars clinch berth to Coast Region the hard way," 30 June 2018 The high performance of Foveros means that core processor components can be distributed between different dies. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel introduces Foveros: 3D die stacking for more than just memory," 12 Dec. 2018 Wicks had a traditional die stock holder and a straight-line tap wrench, so in both cases the cutting implement centers over the nut and bolt (the cutters are in the middle of two handles). Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Strange Magic of Two-Handled Tools," 1 Dec. 2018 Instead of a single chip, AMD's massive 32-core and 24-core Threadripper CPUs are built by connecting four dies using a high-speed fabric interface. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "AMD's Dynamic Local Mode for Threadripper promises almost 50 percent more performance," 5 Oct. 2018 Littrell was a die-hard Democrat until about six or eight years ago, as people kept losing jobs. Seth Slabaugh, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Joe Donnelly needs to keep his pro-Trump voters. But can he?," 12 July 2018 Costner stars as John Dutton, a die-hard westerner determined to keep his family's holdings intact. Lynn Elber, The Christian Science Monitor, "TV series 'Yellowstone' showcases Native American actors," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of die

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for die

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

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die

verb

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)

die

noun

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

die

verb
\ 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.

die

noun

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

die

noun
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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