\ 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


\ 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 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black people are more than twice as likely to catch COVID-19 than white people, nearly five times as likely to be hospitalized from it, and more than twice as likely to die from it. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Sisters in the ICU, a father whisked away: Group mourns loved ones lost to COVID-19," 9 Oct. 2020 As a 74-year-old, Trump belongs to an age bracket that is five times more likely to be hospitalized after catching COVID-19 than those who are 18 to 29 years old, and 90 times more likely to die. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Here’s what Donald Trump should know about recovering from COVID-19," 6 Oct. 2020 Patients with normal levels of zinc at the start of the trial were 40% less likely to die from any cause. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Trump Takes Zinc. Maybe You Should Too," 5 Oct. 2020 Individuals with chronic illnesses are 12 times more likely to die from the virus. Alex Rothstein, Fortune, "Staying fit is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic," 5 Oct. 2020 Those patients who received dexamethasone and required mechanical ventilation were less likely to die within 28 days than those who received the standard care (29% mortality rate compared to 41%). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Dexamethasone for COVID-19: What to Know About the Latest Drug President Trump Is Taking," 5 Oct. 2020 But people over the age of 15 with COVID-19 are more likely to die. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "The Anchorage School District is delaying in-person classes. Here are some answers on how the decision was made.," 4 Oct. 2020 Pedestrians and bicyclists are more likely to die in such collisions. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Anti-texting campaign aims to stop Connecticut distracted driving deaths," 2 Oct. 2020 People who test positive for COVID-19 between ages 65 and 74 are five times more likely to be hospitalized and 90 times more likely to die, compared with patients between 18 and 29, the CDC said. Julie Washington, cleveland, "President Trump’s age, gender put him at risk for severe coronavirus," 2 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In their fourth do-or-die game of this postseason, the A’s capitulated. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "A’s postseason run is again fleeting as Astros win ALDS in four games," 8 Oct. 2020 Urquidy won a virtual do-or-die Game 4 in the 2019 World Series and combined with Javier for 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball to close out the Twins. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB playoffs: Four things we learned from ALDS, NLDS quadrupleheader," 7 Oct. 2020 During the drought of 2011 to 2016 in California, that competition, with help from bark beetles, killed a breathtaking 150 million trees in the largest mass die-off ever recorded in the United States. Daniel Duane, Wired, "The West’s Infernos Are Melting Our Sense of How Fire Works," 30 Sep. 2020 In every sense of the phrase, McKinney’s season was at a do-or-die level. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Clutch DNA: McKinney’s run of responding to adversity has carried over into this season," 29 Sep. 2020 This order theoretically gives most of the bullpen a breather Thursday before a possible do-or-die Game 3 on Friday. Jorge Castillo Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Walker Buehler gets nod to start in Game 1 of wild-card round for Dodgers," 27 Sep. 2020 Pushed into a do-or-die mindset, Trubisky’s urgency was coupled with a sharp focus. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "4 things to watch when the Chicago Bears host the Giants, including Robert Quinn’s status, a defensive rebound and Mitch Trubisky’s Week 2 task," 18 Sep. 2020 The do-or-die mentality gambaru permeates Japanese society, where the pursuit of a goal can carry more significance than the outcome. Kaori Enjoji, CNN, "'Do or die' mentality brings Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to the brink," 24 Aug. 2020 First, because of his compelling comeback to secure the nomination after serial setbacks in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada set up a dramatic, do-or-die primary in South Carolina. Star Tribune, "Still much on the line for online conventions," 14 Aug. 2020

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

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13 Oct 2020

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“Die.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/die. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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)


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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. 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 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


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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