die

verb
\ ˈdī \
died; dying\ ˈdī-​iŋ \

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 \
plural dice\ ˈdīs \ or dies\ ˈdīz \

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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Brittaney used to worry that her father would die from the stress of Landon’s addiction. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "After the overdose: A family’s journey into grief and guilt," 28 Jan. 2019 Klobuchar clearly holds dear her friendship with the late Republican senator and war hero, who died last August from brain cancer. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Personable, Popular, Pragmatic: Is Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar the Democrat’s Secret Weapon?," 15 Jan. 2019 Her kids were birthed with no pain relief, and the danger of dying during childbirth is really, really high. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Jenna Coleman Reveals Why She Likes Playing Victoria Most When the Queen Is Pregnant," 14 Jan. 2019 The book is set on The Legion, a group of dying, organic worldships flying through the depths of space. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The 13 best sci-fi books to check out on your new Kindle," 29 Dec. 2018 Then, when my dad was ten years old, his father died from a stroke; his whole universe was turned upside down, its contents shaken out. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Love Letter To The Döner Kebab," 1 Oct. 2018 Just a few months after Ariana and Mac broke up, the rapper died of an apparent overdose. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "8 Hidden Signs That Predicted Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s Breakup," 15 Oct. 2018 An extensive poolside menu offers adult popsicles and drinks by the pitcher; the fitness machines have individual TVs (hallelujah), and the Have No Mercy deep-tissue massage at ZaSpa is to die for. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Hotels in Houston," 9 Oct. 2018 Judi recalls the sadness that her whole family felt when her granddaughters died. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "These Angel Gowns Bring Comfort to Grieving Families," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The high performance of Foveros means that core processor components can be distributed between different dies. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel introduces Foveros: 3D die stacking for more than just memory," 12 Dec. 2018 Wicks had a traditional die stock holder and a straight-line tap wrench, so in both cases the cutting implement centers over the nut and bolt (the cutters are in the middle of two handles). Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Strange Magic of Two-Handled Tools," 1 Dec. 2018 Instead of a single chip, AMD's massive 32-core and 24-core Threadripper CPUs are built by connecting four dies using a high-speed fabric interface. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "AMD's Dynamic Local Mode for Threadripper promises almost 50 percent more performance," 5 Oct. 2018 Littrell was a die-hard Democrat until about six or eight years ago, as people kept losing jobs. Seth Slabaugh, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Joe Donnelly needs to keep his pro-Trump voters. But can he?," 12 July 2018 Costner stars as John Dutton, a die-hard westerner determined to keep his family's holdings intact. Lynn Elber, The Christian Science Monitor, "TV series 'Yellowstone' showcases Native American actors," 20 June 2018 US Forest Service The die-off, meanwhile, that’s created so much fuel is a symptom of the years-long drought that has parched the Western United States. Umair Irfan, Vox, "California has 129 million dead trees. That’s a huge wildfire risk.," 1 Sep. 2018 Rising temperatures can trigger massive die-offs in places filled with life, for example, such as the oceans or tropical and boreal forests. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Warn Earth's Ecosystems Could Start Releasing CO2 On Their Own," 7 Aug. 2018 The bright and contemporary city center location—all light woods, quirky furnishings, and greenery—has expanded, too, so there’s plenty of seating both inside and out to accommodate the die-hards. Sandra Ramani, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Dublin," 11 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'die.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about die

Dictionary Entries near die

didymous

Didynamia

didynamous

die

die away

dieb

dieback

Statistics for die

Last Updated

6 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for die

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for die

die

verb

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

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 \
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 \
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

die

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on die

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for die

Spanish Central: Translation of die

Nglish: Translation of die for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of die for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about die

Comments on die

What made you want to look up die? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

irregularly rounded

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!