\ ˈdī How to pronounce die (audio) \
died; dying\ ˈdī-​iŋ How to pronounce die (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 die (audio) \ or dies\ ˈdīz How to pronounce die (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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Jovonta Patton, Minneapolis musician Remember that the people who died during this time did not die from the pandemic alone. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, "What are you going to do when the pandemic is over? These Minnesotans know," 30 Mar. 2021 Ohatchee saw four people die, three in the same family. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Ivey visits deadly Alabama tornado sites: ‘We’re a state where neighbors help neighbors’," 29 Mar. 2021 Parts of the state are experiencing a windy Monday, and the wind won’t die down until late afternoon. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Wind advisory in effect for parts of Connecticut Monday," 29 Mar. 2021 Most people don’t die of one thing unless there is an accident or tragedy. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "What’s worse? A broken arm or a broken heart? Or how about regrets? Terry Pluto’s Faith & You," 27 Mar. 2021 The possibility that millions would die was real but incomprehensible. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "COVID-21: A Primer," 26 Mar. 2021 Then there are another set of players who haven’t yet discovered that the bird will die. Andy Robertson, Forbes, "‘Bird Alone’ Is Getting Heartbreaking Reviews On The App Store, But That’s A Good Thing," 17 Mar. 2021 As hospitalizations and new daily cases have fallen, the number of residents killed by COVID-19 has continued to grow, in part because people can die weeks after they’re first diagnosed with the disease. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, "COVID-19 hospitalizations down 70 percent from a month ago," 17 Mar. 2021 Marvelous Marvin Hagler's widow says her late husband did not die due to a COVID-19 vaccine reaction. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "How to lose friends and (unsuccessfully) influence elections," 16 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Phoenix Pinnacle, facing a do-or-die situation, beat Scottsdale Chaparral 57-50 on Friday night, and, in the process, gave Charlie Wilde his 400th career win, all at the same school. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Charlie Wilde wins his 400th career game at Pinnacle on a night that saved the basketball season," 7 Mar. 2021 The second loss sent the Warriors to Toronto in a do-or-die Game 5 in the NBA Finals, which meant Warriors fans had likely seen their last Oakland home game before the team’s move to San Francisco. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "What's your last pre-pandemic crowd memory? A Warriors watch party resonates in 2021," 11 Feb. 2021 As parts of the planet began to rapidly change and experience mass plant die-off, herbivores would have been severely impacted. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Researchers find ultimate smoking gun in dinosaur extinction," 25 Feb. 2021 Two weeks after the first outbreak, a nearby farm experienced a similar die-off. Washington Post, "Mink farmers are skipping to the front of the vaccine line — for an important reason," 19 Feb. 2021 The mass die-off affected both young and mature oysters in two areas about five miles apart, impacting hundreds of leases stretching from Port Sulphur to Buras. Halle Parker | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Massive, unexplained bivalve die-off sends many Louisiana oystermen back to square one," 31 Jan. 2021 Yes, even your ride-or-die Beautyblender could use a scrub. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "80+ Creative Things to Do When You're Bored to Pass the Time," 2 Dec. 2020 Joe Biden’s comment in the debate about transitioning off oil might not shift the minds of many voters, because the majority of the oil industry has already been ride-or-die for President Trump. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Reminder from Harold Hamm...oil patch votes are Trump’s to lose," 23 Oct. 2020 That’s around four months of 3 a.m. wake-up calls for die-hards like me. Josh Dahlke, Outdoor Life, "The Best States to Hunt Early Season Turkeys," 4 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of die was in the 12th century

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“Die.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/die. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for die



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 die (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 die (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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