die

verb
\ 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

die

noun
\ 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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An autopsy concluded the man did not die of natural causes. Julian Mark, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 Wakanda will defeat Namor’s Atlantis, but the villain won’t die. Chris Smith, BGR, 14 July 2022 No one notices the wars that don’t happen, the family members who aren’t claimed by disease, the children who don’t die in infancy. Max Fisher, BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2022 No one notices the wars that don’t happen, the family members who aren’t claimed by disease, the children who don’t die in infancy. New York Times, 12 July 2022 Amid the summer surge of COVID-19 cases, some social media posts are falsely claiming that a new syndrome is linked to the COVID-19 vaccine and that the unvaccinated do not die. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 11 July 2022 Featuring a book by Schitt’s Creek writer David West Read, the musical, called & Juliet, envisions what would happen if Juliet did not die at the end of the story. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 July 2022 French and Belgium investigators worked to find the identities of those who did not die by suicide bombing, and the French government issued a a state of emergency that lasted until May 2016. Darreonna Davis, Forbes, 29 June 2022 College football didn’t die, and women’s athletics took on a new life. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 23 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And who is more credible to make this assertion than the man who gave up his opportunity to safely leave Austria as the Nazis were descending to remain with his less fortunate family members, most of whom Frankl watched die in concentration camps? Tim Maurer, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Mertz, a retired die cutter in Michigan, took to painting hundreds of old railroad spikes in bright hues, polka dots and faces. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 July 2022 The new information also highlights the disproportionate impact of overdose deaths on minority groups — people who are American Indian, Alaskan Natives or Black die at a higher rate than the rest of the population. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 2022 Should the sperm-toting female die before her brood is laid, the male’s efforts will all be for naught. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 20 July 2022 Multnomah County saw upwards of 100 die due to the heat. oregonlive, 27 June 2022 Also on the rise, though still exceedingly rare, is the fearsome Powassan virus, which can cause encephalitis, meningitis and other serious conditions; with no vaccine or treatment, roughly 10 percent of patients who become symptomatic die. New York Times, 26 June 2022 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 1,600 people get listeriosis infections each year in the U.S., and about 260 die. David K. Li, NBC News, 3 June 2022 The Beavers likely will start right-hander Jacob Kmatz in tonight’s do-or-die Game 3. oregonlive, 13 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of die

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for die

Verb

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

Noun

Middle English dee, from Anglo-French

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die

verb
\ 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.
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 The trees died off.
die out
: to disappear gradually The dinosaurs died out millions of years ago.

die

noun

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

die

intransitive verb
\ 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

die

noun
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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