die

verb
\ 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

die

noun
\ 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 Fifteen people have died in Israel due to the disease. NBC News, "Songwriter of 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll' dies of COVID-19," 31 Mar. 2020 As of March 29 in France, 2,606 people who tested positive for COVID-19 had died in hospitals alone. Philippe Lemoine, National Review, "Complicated Mathematical Models Are Not Substitutes for Common Sense," 30 Mar. 2020 Four people have died aboard the ship, the cruise line announced Friday. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "A cruise ship headed to Florida has reported more sick people on board after 4 die and 2 test positive for Covid-19," 30 Mar. 2020 More than 3,500 Louisiana residents have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and more than 150 of them have died, according to state figures released Sunday. Time, "Hundreds at Louisiana Church Flout COVID-19 Gatherings Ban," 30 Mar. 2020 Around the globe, more than 30,000 people have died, and more than 657,000 have been confirmed to have COVID-19. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "More than 2,000 coronavirus patients have died in US," 30 Mar. 2020 As of Sunday morning, the coronavirus had infected more than 19,000 people in the United Kingdom, and at least 1,228 people have died. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "British government reportedly furious with China for disinformation campaign over the coronavirus," 29 Mar. 2020 At least 1,891 people have died of the virus domestically. Fox News, "Amazon delivery driver in California caught on camera apparently licking package," 29 Mar. 2020 More than 3,500 Louisiana residents have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and more than 150 of them have died, according to state figures released Sunday. BostonGlobe.com, "Death count from COVID-19 in New York State nearing 1,000," 29 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s what happened in 2001, when carbon emissions from the plots stabilized: a die-off in fungi made the neighborhood much quieter, and species that required less nutrient-rich soil took over. Drew Pendergrass, Harper's Magazine, "Ground Control," 25 May 2020 When the Republican Party countered with offers of fundraising support from wealthy Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, the die was cast. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, "How the Republican Party Took Over the Supreme Court," 7 Apr. 2020 Less than two decades after Zangwill’s question the die was cast. Steven J. Zipperstein, New York Times, "What Were the Origins of the Holocaust?," 7 Apr. 2020 That calculation supports the right-to-die movement, whose advocates prefer, no surprise, not to go there. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "Pro-Life, or Not, in a Pandemic," 26 Mar. 2020 In the United States and Europe, the die is mostly cast for the immediate future. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "A Failure of Systemic Thinking," 24 Mar. 2020 The Republican Assembly, Portugal's parliament, approved five right-to-die bills, each by a comfortable margin. NBC News, "Portugal lawmakers vote to allow euthanasia for terminally ill," 20 Feb. 2020 The 230-seat Republican Assembly, Portugal’s Parliament, approved five right-to-die bills, each by a comfortable margin. Barry Hatton, BostonGlobe.com, "Amid protests, Portugal lawmakers vote to allow euthanasia," 20 Feb. 2020 Two months after Sokalski’s death, a California appeals court reinstated the state’s controversial right-to-die law which allows terminally ill patients with fewer than six months to live to request lethal drugs. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, "A distraught man asked a nurse friend to help him die, prosecutors say. Now she’s charged with murder.," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of die was in the 12th century

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“Die.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/die. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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die

verb
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)

die

noun
How to pronounce die (audio)

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

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. 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.

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
\ 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

die

noun
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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