\ˈdī \
died; dying\ˈdī-​iŋ \

Definition of die 

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 \
plural dice\ˈdīs \ or dies\ˈdīz \

Definition of die 

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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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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By far the most ridiculous of the Rocky films, Rocky IV sends the mumblemouthed boxer into the Soviet Union to avenge the death of Apollo, who died in a match against Ivan Drago, the Russian monolith of a man played by Dolph Lundgren. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Creed II is no Creed. But it’s a pretty good Rocky sequel.," 21 Nov. 2018 The law is meant to prevent situations like the November 2017 death of an unarmed Virginia man, Bijan Ghaisar, who died at the hands of United States Park Police officers in Fairfax County, Virginia. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "After man was gunned down by US Park Police, two lawmakers want more body cams," 17 Nov. 2018 Stan Lee, who died yesterday at age 95, wrote like no one before him — or, in spite of his massive influence, anyone since. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The larger-than-life huckster dialogue of Stan Lee," 13 Nov. 2018 The segment ended on a positive note, with Crenshaw taking a moment to recognize the memory of Pete’s father, a firefighter who died during the 9/11 attacks. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw Joins Pete Davidson on "Saturday Night Live"," 11 Nov. 2018 The poppy commemorates members of the military who have died in war. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore an Olive Green Shirtdress to the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony," 27 Oct. 2018 The grisly human trafficking eventually stopped, but some say those who died in captivity have had a hard time leaving this world. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 The film focuses especially his daughter Karen, who died as a toddler because of complications from a rare form of brain cancer. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "What "First Man" Gets Right About the Apollo Moon Landing," 11 Oct. 2018 Further Reading In the age of the Switch, the Nintendo 3DS refuses to dieIn the age of the Nintendo Switch, the company's older 3DS handheld tends to get the short end of the stick in terms of press and player attention. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Nintendo recommits to “keep the business going” for 3DS," 31 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web

Let the game begin with a roll of the die, not with the setting up of pieces. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 10 Days to Go - What if Frank Lampard’s ‘Goal’ Had Counted in 2010?," 4 June 2018 Even the good German who wrapped the boy up and gave him milk and chocolate dies. Megan Koreman, WSJ, "Five Best: Megan Koreman on the Cost of Courage Under Nazism," 25 Oct. 2018 Players can also choose to roll a regular die or one themed specifically around their character. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Super Mario Party would like you to be nicer to your friends," 5 Oct. 2018 Chilled dies are then pushed into the molds to quickly set the hot shells in 11 seconds. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Behind the scenes at Ocho’s Oakland candy factory," 30 Mar. 2018 Teams of researchers have been sent in, and those that return often emerge in a zombie-like state and die of cancer soon afterwards. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Deconstructing Annihilation's Ending," 26 Feb. 2018 Worldwide, one-third of people who develop sepsis die, according to sepsis.org. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Here's What You Need to Know If You Get the Flu," 6 Feb. 2018 His spokesperson, Ben Waxman, says Krasner wants to both toughen enforcement — in part by cracking down on crooked notaries — and to better educate people on how to block thievery when a relative dies. Craig R. Mccoy, Philly.com, "A Philadelphia story: Falsely declared dead, home stolen and no one will help," 29 June 2018 Threadripper processors are multi-chip modules (MCMs) containing multiple dies and Infinity Fabric interconnects. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "AMD unveils Threadripper 2: Up to 32 cores, 64 threads, for an enthusiast chip," 6 June 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 \
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 \
died; dying\ˈdī-​iŋ \

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 \

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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