\ 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 outthe 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 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 actionthe 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 Jonathan Portis, the novelist’s brother, told the Times Charles Portis died in hospice care in Arkansas. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Charles Portis, author of ‘True Grit’ who covered Civil Rights Era, dead at 86," 18 Feb. 2020 The bill, which Joe Biden supported, died in the Senate. Daniel Golden, ProPublica, "The Profitable Business of Being Joe Biden’s Brother," 17 Feb. 2020 The couple was married for 40 years until Shawn died in 2017 after a six-year battle with cancer. Washington Post, "Connecticut nightclub shooting kills 1, injures 4," 17 Feb. 2020 The couple was exiled and moved to France, where the Duke died in 1972. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "What Really Happened When Queen Elizabeth II Visited the Duke of Windsor on His Deathbed," 17 Feb. 2020 The one-time Playboy model was rushed to the hospital and later died from her injuries, police said. NBC News, "Ex-boyfriend arrested in death of celebrity sex therapist Amie Harwick, LAPD says," 17 Feb. 2020 The Brazilian state, under army leadership, decided to remove them, so that others could use it more profitably; in subsequent conflicts with the government, tribe members died by the thousands. Elizabeth Barber, The New Yorker, "A Nun’s Journey in the Amazon," 17 Feb. 2020 Five people were shot to death in Indianapolis and another died in Beech Grove this weekend. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "6 people fatally shot over violent weekend; criminal homicides double 2019 pace," 17 Feb. 2020 Where racing approaches unanimity is that too many horses are dying at the track. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "With horse safety in mind, Turfway deal signals renaissance for synthetic racetracks," 17 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Once the focus narrows in a scandal, the die is cast. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Astros’ hubris, feeble apologies have only fueled the downfall of a dynasty," 13 Feb. 2020 The winter of 2018 to 2019 saw a record die-offs of bee colonies, according to the . Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Bees Fight Varroa Mites With Help From Special Engineered Bacteria," 4 Feb. 2020 Sure, researchers can scrutinize a mass die-off in the wild, for instance when a bacterial outbreak killed 200,000 saiga antelopes in central Kazakhstan in 2015. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Macabre Science of Animal Mass Die-Offs," 21 Jan. 2020 The findings also cast doubt on the existence of a smaller-scale die-off known as the end-Guadalupian extinction, which is thought to have wiped out many marine species around 260 million years ago. Ewen Callaway, Scientific American, "Supercomputer Scours Fossil Record for Earth’s Hidden Extinctions," 18 Jan. 2020 More: 29-year-old choosing to die may change laws across U.S. With her prominent social media presence, Maynard became the face of the right-to-die movement, a cause Diaz continues to promote. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "'What I want is a peaceful death': Kevin Roster has only weeks to live – and that's why he moved to California," 7 June 2019 Basking in the warm, rosy glow of nostalgia, legions of die-hards with opinions cemented over decades stand ready to crucify the final product if anything is amiss. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Bronco: Get the Inside Story Before the Official Reveal," 9 Jan. 2020 Like any die-hard good old boy, Kirk ignored his doctor’s advice and took to the hills in Gem County, Idaho in 1967. Pj Delhomme, Outdoor Life, "The Top 40 Typical and Nontypical Mule Deer of All Time," 1 Jan. 2020 The die-hards who have followed the tales of light versus dark for decades tend to feel personal ownership over it. NBC News, "#ReleaseTheJJCut hashtag trends amid rumors about a different version of new 'Star Wars' movie," 2 Jan. 2020

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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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20 Feb 2020

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“Die.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/die%20on%20the%20vine. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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)


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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 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


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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