\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


\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

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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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Amnesty International, a human-rights group, says many women and girls have been raped in the camps and that hundreds if not thousands of people confined in them have died of starvation or a lack of medical care. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 The game ended with Jeimer Candelario rounding third base and JaCoby Jones rounding first as a loud fly ball died on the warning track in left field. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers' growing pains aren't easy but Gardenhire is proud of fight," 14 July 2018 Carl Peter Beernink, a financial officer who achieved All-America status as a lacrosse player at what was then Towson State, died July 2 during a softball game with his co-workers. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Carl Beernink, investment adviser and standout Towson State lacrosse player, dies," 14 July 2018 Daiyon Bolden, 19, also of Waukegan, died about 5 a.m. Saturday, and another man in his 20s from Beach Park was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injures. Rosemary Sobol, chicagotribune.com, "1 dead, 1 wounded in Waukegan shooting; 15-year-old boy charged," 14 July 2018 But also by the deep trauma felt by those left behind, even those as young as Clarissa, who may not remember the awful details of the day her mother died, but still feels the weight of it from those around her. Helen Ubiñas, Philly.com, "Families of homicide victims, bonded by love | Helen Ubiñas," 13 July 2018 Crucially, families can come to understand that a loved one died of infection because of a flawed gene. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Extreme Flu? Weird Encephalitis? It May Be Your Genes," 13 July 2018 Because this storyline will never die, Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t believe Dez caught it. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "Cam, AB and Opponents Who Team Up for Summer Workouts," 13 July 2018 Why are the leaves on your lilacs curled (and in some cases dying)? Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s eating your currant bushes and ‘spitting’ on your wild roses," 13 July 2018

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People who get the app can also get access cards to open the house in case their phone dies or the app goes down. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "You can leave Fido in a high-tech doghouse at 2 Ferndale restaurants," 12 July 2018 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2 million Americans become infected with germs resistant to antibiotics each year and more than 23,000 die from these infections. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Antibiotic resistant "nightmare bacteria" a growing threat in the U.S., CDC warns," 3 Apr. 2018 About 2 million Americans get sick from antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year and 23,000 die, the CDC reported. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "'Nightmare bacteria' cases seen in 27 states, CDC reports," 3 Apr. 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 2 million people each year are infected with an antibiotic-resistant disease — and 23,000 die from it. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Virus found in a pond offers hope for when antibiotics aren’t working, study finds | Miami Herald," 21 Mar. 2018 The emergence of streaming means that audiences have access to Drake’s music in an immediate way that doesn’t require direct purchase, so even the curious listener contributes to Drake’s omnipresence as much as a die hard fan. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "Drake's 2018 Has Been Huge. But Is He the Biggest Rapper Ever?," 13 July 2018 Kremer, a die-hard Reds fan, will also appear as the bobblehead giveaway for the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "Teddy Kremer won our hearts as the Reds bat boy. Soon, the Reds will honor him," 25 June 2018 Rodriguez said he's been a die-hard Dodger fan for nearly two decades and had spent $15,000 for his family to attend last year's World Series. City News Service, latimes.com, "Dodgers investigate claim that security beat fan on opening day," 31 Mar. 2018 Red spruce are particularly sensitive to acid rain and, at the height of the die-off, some forests lost 50 percent of them. Lisa Rathke, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pollution regulations decrease acid rain, spur red spruce rebound," 11 July 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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