\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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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

Buy Photo After Jimi Patrick died, Sharon Patrick sat around the kitchen table, eating pizza with his friends. Erin Mccarthy, Philly.com, "Jimi Patrick: A funny, hardworking person who lived to help others," 13 July 2018 Two weeks later the dying Yugoslav football association held a World Cup preparatory match in the same stadium, only for Croatian fans to jeer at the Yugoslav national anthem. The Economist, "Croatia stands on the cusp of World Cup victory," 13 July 2018 In 2006, Coombes told those close to her had her father had died unexpectedly and the hospital handled his cremation, police said. Samantha Schmidt, Houston Chronicle, "She found her father's child porn images of herself, then killed him - and kept it secret for 12 years," 13 July 2018 Trayvon Muhammad, 17, of Atlanta, was found shot in the 3000 block of Delmar Lane about 8 p.m. Thursday and later died at a local hospital. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Shooting victim’s body found between 2 cars in NW Atlanta," 13 July 2018 For months thereafter, Mama circled the apartment grandma died in like a finger around an angry wound. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 Amnesty International, a human-rights group, says many women and girls have been raped in the camps and that hundreds if not thousands of people confined in them have died of starvation or a lack of medical care. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 The game ended with Jeimer Candelario rounding third base and JaCoby Jones rounding first as a loud fly ball died on the warning track in left field. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers' growing pains aren't easy but Gardenhire is proud of fight," 14 July 2018 Carl Peter Beernink, a financial officer who achieved All-America status as a lacrosse player at what was then Towson State, died July 2 during a softball game with his co-workers. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Carl Beernink, investment adviser and standout Towson State lacrosse player, dies," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On average, 351 children under 15 die from drowning every year, according to the CPSC, and there are an additional 6,400 nonfatal drowning injuries annually in that age range. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 Image HONG KONG — Xue Qiulian has been a die-hard fan of Argentina’s national soccer team since his junior high school days in Guangzhou, a southern Chinese megacity. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Chinese Fans Paid Dearly for World Cup Tickets That Never Materialized," 21 June 2018 The right-to-die law will apparently remain suspended for at least another month after a judge reaffirmed his ruling that the law was illegally considered and passed during a special legislative session on health care. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "California’s right-to-die law on hold for at least a month," 30 May 2018 Neither company said which customers had received the dies, nor when consumers would be able to buy them. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel and Micron announce QLC dies, which means SSDs are about to get a lot bigger," 21 May 2018 Switzerland’s right-to-die law, based on the constitutional right of each person to determine the manner of his or her death, is much broader. Helena Bachmann And Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "David Goodall,104, takes final journey at Swiss assisted-suicide clinic 8,600 miles from home," 10 May 2018 People who get the app can also get access cards to open the house in case their phone dies or the app goes down. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "You can leave Fido in a high-tech doghouse at 2 Ferndale restaurants," 12 July 2018 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2 million Americans become infected with germs resistant to antibiotics each year and more than 23,000 die from these infections. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Antibiotic resistant "nightmare bacteria" a growing threat in the U.S., CDC warns," 3 Apr. 2018 About 2 million Americans get sick from antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year and 23,000 die, the CDC reported. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "'Nightmare bacteria' cases seen in 27 states, CDC reports," 3 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'die.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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