\ 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

His wife, Linda, from whom he was divorced, died in 2001. Anne M. Hamilton, courant.com, "He Brought His Skill For Teaching, Knack For Colonial Buildings To Coventry," 15 July 2018 In June, television host and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain died by suicide. refinery29.com, "Open Letter Urges Cyber Bullies To Stop Blaming Asia Argento For Anthony Bourdain’s Death," 13 July 2018 One civilian has died, and three firefighters have been injured. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "He was fighting the fast-moving Klamathon Fire. Then flames swept over his engine," 8 July 2018 That effort was scrapped in November when an adult female vaquita died after a few hours in captivity. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "To save the world's rarest marine mammal, conservationists seek ban on Mexican seafood imports," 11 July 2018 When Liu Xiaobo died, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urged the Chinese government to let Liu Xia and her brother leave the country for Germany. NBC News, "Liu Xia, widow of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, leaves China," 10 July 2018 Rescue operations hit a low point when ex-Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan died during a flash flood after supplying the boys with oxygen tank. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Four More Thai Boys Rescued From Cave, Bringing Number Up to 8," 9 July 2018 When her grandmother, Helen Bunel, died in 2001, the shadow box passed to another relative. David Owens, courant.com, "74 Years Later, Connecticut Airman Shot Down Over France In WW II To Get Proper Burial," 7 July 2018 The first death happened on May 14 when 39-year-old Kenneth Bigham died by suicide. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "A Mecklenburg County inmate died. It’s the jail’s fourth death in two months.," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The emergence of streaming means that audiences have access to Drake’s music in an immediate way that doesn’t require direct purchase, so even the curious listener contributes to Drake’s omnipresence as much as a die hard fan. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "Drake's 2018 Has Been Huge. But Is He the Biggest Rapper Ever?," 13 July 2018 Kremer, a die-hard Reds fan, will also appear as the bobblehead giveaway for the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "Teddy Kremer won our hearts as the Reds bat boy. Soon, the Reds will honor him," 25 June 2018 Rodriguez said he's been a die-hard Dodger fan for nearly two decades and had spent $15,000 for his family to attend last year's World Series. City News Service, latimes.com, "Dodgers investigate claim that security beat fan on opening day," 31 Mar. 2018 Red spruce are particularly sensitive to acid rain and, at the height of the die-off, some forests lost 50 percent of them. Lisa Rathke, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pollution regulations decrease acid rain, spur red spruce rebound," 11 July 2018 Contributing to those die-offs are other diseases that coral in the past have been able to fight off on their own. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Racing to save Florida’s coral from climate change, scientists turn to a once-unthinkable strategy: ‘assisted evolution’," 9 July 2018 The Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system on earth, was struck in 2016 and 2017 by massive die-offs of coral — caused by extreme ocean temperatures — that erased much of its dazzling color. Jacqueline Williams, New York Times, "Great Barrier Reef Imperiled as Heat Worsens Die-Offs, Experts Say," 4 July 2018 The Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system on Earth, was struck in 2016 and 2017 by massive die-offs of coral — caused by extreme ocean temperatures — that erased much of its dazzling color. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "Great Barrier Reef imperiled as heat worsens damage," 4 July 2018 Large-scale die-offs of seabirds and other marine animals have been occurring around the state for several years, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to know why. Author: Zoe Grueskin, Anchorage Daily News, "Seabirds again washing ashore dead in Western Alaska," 26 June 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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