\ 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


\ 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

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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 Martha Sepúlveda, 51, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, was scheduled to die by euthanasia Sunday but received a letter late Friday that the procedure would not be allowed to go forward. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021 Investigators believe Akeila, who was 33 weeks pregnant, had been followed by the perpetrator before she was shot at, run off the road and left to die. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, 11 Oct. 2021 So not being able to do so face-to-face because of restrictions, and watching patients die alone, were among the most distressing aspects of COVID care. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Oct. 2021 Unvaccinated Californians were between 15 and 20 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated ones when deaths from the disease most recently peaked at the start of September. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2021 Of course, should either of them die, the winner would be the last man standing. Quinci Legardye, Vulture, 11 Oct. 2021 Kosoul Chanthakoummane, set to die Nov. 10, and Ramiro Gonzales, scheduled for execution on Nov. 17, also are raising similar religious freedom claims, which could delay their lethal injections. Juan A. Lozano, Chron, 11 Oct. 2021 To put it bluntly, today's GOP is how democracies die. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 10 Oct. 2021 Arrington was the 25th person to die this year by homicide in Portland and one of two people killed on March 31. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While 1 out of 753 white children lost a caregiver to Covid-19, 1 out of 412 Hispanic children were similarly affected, and 1 in 310 Black children had a parent or a caregiver die. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 7 Oct. 2021 In 2017, a plastic surgery task force reported that 3 percent of plastic surgeons who performed the procedure had a patient die. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Sep. 2021 These shows allow people who have never picked up a strange die see how the games work and understand the connections that players get with their characters. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Having a patient die is always difficult for the nurses, Kroytz said. oregonlive, 28 May 2021 At her campaign kick-off event on the steps of the Brooklyn Museum in October, Ms. Wiley compared her loss to families who had watched a relative die from the coronavirus and could not hold them one last time. New York Times, 19 May 2021 Per the Times, pasta shapes are typically made by folding the dough or by extruding it through a metal die. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2021 The introduction of the Six of Crows characters takes Shadow and Bone’s triangular character structure and turns it into a many-sided die. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 21 Apr. 2021 There’s no firm do-or-die deadline, thanks to those extraordinary measures Yellen is employing, such as withholding regularly scheduled contributions to a federal employee retirement fund and using that money to keep paying debts. Steven T. Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Sep. 2021

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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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“Die.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/die. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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 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.



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


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


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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