\ 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 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 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 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

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

Synonyms: Noun

bones, dice

Antonyms: Verb

breathe, live

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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

The powerful East Side leader died of heart failure in his office June 14, 1937. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Prominent businessman on San Antonio’s East Side was both lawbreaker and benefactor," 8 June 2019 Norman died a short time later of gunshot wounds to his chest. Michelle Hunter, nola.com, "Marrero man accused of killing two, wounding two more on same day in Harvey," 8 June 2019 The coroner determined Adejola died of natural causes resulting from cardiac arrhythmia, the sheriff said. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Will County jail deaths ruled as being from natural causes, sheriff says," 8 June 2019 Ward’s father, Paul, died of a heart attack in 2016. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com, "Browns cornerbaack Denzel Ward hosts 400 football campers at Nordonia High School," 7 June 2019 After her dad died of a heart attack, her mom put her in soccer to keep her busy. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Her coach secretly abused her for years; now she had the courage to come forward," 7 June 2019 He was sentenced to 15 years to life and died in 2010 of natural causes in a California prison. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A serial killer nabbed in the Bay Area ‘tried to erase his victims.’ But 3 bodies hidden in barrels have now been ID’d.," 7 June 2019 Alun Jones, a cornerstone of Louisville's art community, died of a heart attack on April 25 while vacationing in Greece. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "'He was one in a million': Arts community remembers Louisville Ballet's Alun Jones," 7 June 2019 James McNair died of injuries sustained in the accident, while Morgan was left in critical condition. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tracy Morgan Reflects on "Horrific" Car Accident 5 Years Later, Thanks Family for Support," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The move comes after two mass die-offs of crows over the last five years. oregonlive.com, "Portland bans use of bird poison on city property after crow deaths," 5 June 2019 The die-off followed strong changes in ocean conditions in the mid-1990s, suggesting that warmer water patterns affected the availability of prey, but scientists were often unable to perform necropsies, Moore said. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Feds to investigate spike in gray whale deaths on West Coast," 4 June 2019 And the concerns of young anti-gun protesters can be shared by a die-hard gun enthusiast like Clark. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "The debate rages, but one gun store owner is seeing a change in tone after the Parkland shootings," 13 Mar. 2018 Before Tisci’s arrival, even fashion die-hards might have been hard-pressed to identify the original Mr. Burberry’s first name. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Riccardo Tisci Talks Monograms and the Importance of “Humanizing” the Burberry Label," 22 May 2019 Fast-forward the cosmic clock, compressing eons into seconds, and the stars of the night sky would wink out one by one, as the central, stabilizing inferno within each one sputters and dies. Alan Hirshfeld, WSJ, "Book Review: Feeling Gravity’s Pull," 16 Nov. 2018 There are processes set up for when parts or dies get moved to new locations. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford F-150 parts won't be easy to get, experts say," 10 May 2018 An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Multistate recall after listeria is found in meat? Try multinational recall. | Miami Herald," 2 Mar. 2018 Today, only 12 percent of the dogs at the shelter die or are euthanized, Baird said. Michael Sangiacomo, cleveland.com, "Pit bulls proliferate at city shelter, but most get homes (photos)," 1 Feb. 2018

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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 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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