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 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 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 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

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

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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

The place, dedicated to job seekers aged between 25 and 48, is located in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois, where two boys died after fleeing police in 2005. Washington Post, "French First Lady sets up adult school in poor Paris suburb," 18 Sep. 2019 The team also acquired a 2-day-old dragon that had died soon after birth. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Komodo Dragons Have Skin That Looks Like Chain Mail," 17 Sep. 2019 But on Monday, Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) announced that 86 of the 147 tigers rescued from the Buddhist temple had died. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Almost 150 tigers were rescued from a Thai temple. Now, over half are dead," 17 Sep. 2019 Health officials in Tulare County, California confirmed Monday evening that a resident died from complications associated with the use of e-cigarettes. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Washington health officials declare statewide outbreak in vaping-related illness," 17 Sep. 2019 Southwest Covenant High School football player Peter Webb died at The Children's Hospital at Oklahoma University Medical on Sunday after suffering a head injury during a game, The Oklahoman reports. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "2 high school football players die in separate on-field incidents," 17 Sep. 2019 News that a 2-year-old boy had died after picking up the particularly nasty infection, which was also contracted by three other children with animal contact at the fair, stirred alarm within the community. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Missed phone calls, changing stories: How E. coli spread at the San Diego County Fair," 17 Sep. 2019 The 10-year-old girl who was on life support after contracting a brain-eating amoeba while swimming in a Texas river has died, her family said. Fox News, "Texas girl who contracted brain-eating amoeba dies, family says," 17 Sep. 2019 The medical examiner determined that Kenneth Lindquist, 56, died of homicidal violence, including skull fractures and other head injuries. David Owens, courant.com, "Griswold triple homicide: Neighbor describes finding friend’s home engulfed in flames," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lovato proved herself to be one die-hard Bachelorette fangirl—for a certain contestant, anyway. Glamour, "Demi Lovato and Mike Johnson’s Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 16 Sep. 2019 The company also has an aluminum die casting plant in Bedford and a components holding plant in Kokomo. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "How the UAW strike against GM affects Indiana," 16 Sep. 2019 After his ex-girlfriend dies, Kyle struggles to accept the responsibility of being a father to his young daughter. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 About 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die, the CDC says. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Penn Dutch market in Hollywood closed for ‘repairs’ after second flare-up of listeria bacteria," 9 Sep. 2019 Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images Gurung mixed his celebratory roses with tie-die prints. Fortune, "Who Gets to Be An American?," 9 Sep. 2019 The Boardwalk at Towne Lake is quickly becoming a haven for die-hard foodies and has recently gained several new tenants, including The Union Kitchen and Ambriza Social Mexican Kitchen. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "21 restaurants highlight booming foodie scene in Cypress, Spring," 6 Sep. 2019 After watching a beloved ash tree in his yard die from being infested with the emerald ash borer, a beetle accidentally introduced from Asia, Fei began to wonder what the toll of these pests was on the carbon stored by trees. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Sturdy as they are, giant trees are particularly susceptible to these three killers," 4 Sep. 2019 And yet, every year, at least 37 million Americans catch the flu, more than 500,000 become sick enough to be hospitalized, and somewhere between 36,000 and 61,000 die. Wired, "Why Denying Migrants Flu Shots Is a Dangerous, Foolish Move," 28 Aug. 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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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 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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