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die

verb \ ˈdī \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of die

died; dying play \ˈdī-iŋ\
1 :to pass from physical life :expire
  • died at the age of 56
  • die young
  • died from his injuries
  • a dying tree
2 a :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
3 a :sink, languish
  • dying from fatigue
b :to long keenly or desperately
  • dying to go
c :to be overwhelmed by emotion
  • die of embarrassment
4 a :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
intransitive verb
:extremely desirable or appealing
  • the dessert was to die for

Examples of die in a Sentence

  1. She claims she's not afraid to die.

  2. He died in 1892 at the age of 37.

  3. People in the town began dying suddenly.

  4. He died a violent and painful death.

  5. Her secret died with her.

  6. He's the last of a dying breed.

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Origin and Etymology of die

Middle English dien, from or akin to Old Norse deyja to die; akin to Old High German touwen to die

die Synonyms

Synonyms
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, bite the dust, buy it (or buy the farm), give up the ghost, kick the bucket, snuff it [British]
Antonyms
breathe, live
Related Words
predecease; consume, disappear, dry up, fade, fail
Near Antonyms
come to, revive; linger; be, exist, subsist; flourish, prosper, thrive

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die

noun \ ˈdī \

Definition of die

plural dice play \ˈdīs\ or dies play \ˈdīz\
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 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

Examples of die in a Sentence

  1. Each player throws one die.

  2. he rolled the die, hoping for a six

Recent Examples of die from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of die

Middle English dee, from Anglo-French

die Synonyms

Synonyms
bones, dice

DIE Defined for English Language Learners

die

verb

Definition of die for English Language Learners

  • : to stop living

  • : to end life in a specified state or condition

  • : to have or suffer (a specified kind of death)


die

noun

Definition of die for English Language Learners

  • : a tool that is used for cutting, shaping, or stamping a material or an object


DIE Defined for Kids

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die

verb \ ˈdī \

Definition of die for Students

died; dying
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.

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die

noun

Definition of die for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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die

intransitive verb \ ˈdī \

medical Definition of die

died; dying play \ˈdī-iŋ\
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

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die

noun

medical Definition of die

plural dies play \ˈdīz\
: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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