\ 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 At least 20 people have died since protests began last month. Fox News, "Chilean vandals loot Catholic church, set fire to religious artifacts," 9 Nov. 2019 At least 20 people have died and the Chilean Red Cross estimates 2,500 have been injured in the protests, which also forced the cancellation of two major international summits in Santiago. Washington Post, "Church looted by vandals as protests rage in Chile’s capital," 9 Nov. 2019 Nik Powell, a co-founder of Virgin Records with Richard Branson and a producer on films including the best picture Oscar nominee The Crying Game, has died. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Nik Powell, Producer on 'The Crying Game,' Dies at 69," 8 Nov. 2019 At least 39 people have died, with additional deaths under investigation. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Juul stops selling mint ahead of anticipated federal ban on most e-cigarette flavors," 7 Nov. 2019 Former Mercyful Fate/King Diamond bass player Timi Hansen has died at age 61. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Timi Hansen, Former Mercyful Fate/King Diamond Bassist, Dies at 61," 5 Nov. 2019 Nor is there an official count of how many journalists have already died after being exposed to the dust and debris. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Journalists at ground zero on 9/11 have been getting sick. But there is help," 5 Nov. 2019 Her older brothers had died, and most of her other relatives live in Florida. Elisha Brown, New York Times, "She Was on the Verge of Homelessness. With Help, She Found Her Way.," 4 Nov. 2019 Walter Mercado, a flamboyant astrologer and television personality whose daily TV appearances entertained many across Latin America and the U.S. for more than a decade, has died. CBS News, "Walter Mercado, famed Puerto Rican astrologer, has died at 87," 3 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Before long, the die-off spread to other parts of Europe. Paige Embry, Smithsonian, "Beekeepers Seek to Save Honeybees From a Colony-Invading Pest," 1 Oct. 2019 In 2013, a koala population in Cape Otway, Australia, plucked the leaves off every manna gum tree in the area, triggering a die-off of trees and koalas. BostonGlobe.com, "Scientists look for ways to counter the dietary dilemma of koalas - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 Nationwide, Asians between the ages of 18 and 24 die of suicide at lower rates than other their age, federal data shows. BostonGlobe.com, "Harvard student’s suicide prompts concern about mental health care on college campuses," 17 Sep. 2019 The Centers for Disease Control estimates 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases each year. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Los Gatos community briefs for the week of Sept. 13," 13 Sep. 2019 When the couple dies, a new generation will be left to grapple with the embryos. NBC News, "Nation's fertility clinics struggle with a growing number of abandoned embryos," 12 Aug. 2019 The company plans to hire 50 people, doubling its die-casting area. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "2A expanding Auburn foundry, to hire 50," 23 July 2019 Maxwell retired in 1964 and became an executive at a die casting company that supplied the Big 3 automakers. Bill Dow, Detroit Free Press, "How Tigers' Charlie Maxwell became 'Sunday Charlie,' one sabbath blast at a time," 14 July 2019 The meme was more that the internet refused to let the movie die. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Why the Momo Challenge Film Might Beat the Meme Movie Curse," 12 July 2019

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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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How to pronounce die (audio)

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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