There are 2 definitions of die in English:


Syllabification: die

verb (dies, dying /ˈdīiNG/, died)

[no object]
1(Of a person, animal, or plant) stop living: she died of cancer the sheep died from the heat [with object]: the king died a violent death
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  • In fact, I can't recall any account of an oak tree actually dying from old age; it may be that they go on and on, changing form and surviving until some accident destroys them.
  • The fish farmers had to stop their activities, as their fish and shrimp died from the pollution.
  • How many people have seen a fox dying from lead shot poisoning?
pass away, pass on, lose one's life, expire, breathe one's last, meet one's end, meet one's death, lay down one's life, perish, go the way of all flesh, go to one's last resting place, go to meet one's maker, cross the great divide, slip away
informal give up the ghost, kick the bucket, croak, buy it, turn up one's toes, cash in one's chips, bite the big one, check out, buy the farm
1.1 (die for) Be killed for (a cause): they were prepared to die for their country
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  • Is it right for conformist journalists to assume moral superiority over a man prepared to kill and die for his beliefs?
  • They may turn themselves over completely to their savior and be willing to kill or die for him or her.
  • You seem to have the most passionate beliefs, that you'd die for, or kill for, but you in fact have none.
1.2 [with complement] Have a specified status at the time of one’s death: the inventor died a pauper
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  • She died destitute and forgotten in a bedsit in the south of France in 1984.
  • Nevertheless, he died penniless and almost forgotten in a shabby one-room apartment in New York.
  • What does his dying a Jew have to do with anything?
1.3 (die out) Become extinct: many species died out
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  • But this is the first time that a species which completely died out in Britain has been reintroduced.
  • Soon, if that trade isn't stopped, some species could die out altogether, said Prof Roberts.
  • This will be in the same way that species die out if they do not physically adapt to events and their environment.
1.4Be forgotten: her genius has assured her name will never die
1.5 [with adverbial] Become less loud or strong: after a while, the noise died down at last the storm died away
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  • After the song died down, there was a loud applause and a lot of cheers from the crowd.
  • Friday was a bit of a false start as the contractions, if that is indeed what they were died away on Saturday.
  • It seems to have died down now that the song's popularity has waned.
abate, subside, drop, lessen, ease (off), let up, moderate, fade, dwindle, peter out, wane, ebb, relent, weaken; melt away, dissolve, vanish, disappear
archaic remit
1.6 (die back) (Of a plant) decay from the tip toward the root: rhubarb dies back to a crown of buds each winter
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  • Their above-ground parts die back, but their roots overwinter, and the plants resprout in the spring.
  • But grasses are poor fodder: tough, low in nutrients, high in tooth-destroying silicates, and dying back to the roots in cold weather.
  • This is a funny time of year in the garden with many plants dying back and everything tending to look rather messy and damp.
1.7 (die off) Die one after another until few or none are left: the original founders died off or retired
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  • We will leave the flowers until they have died off completely and then remove them.
  • After blooming in the spring, allow the plants to grow until they die off.
  • Until they die off, I fear we'll have little chance of being taken seriously.
1.8(Of a fire or light) stop burning or gleaming.
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  • The fires are dying; other figures are spotted, hard to distinguish amongst the wisps of vapour that drift across the scene.
  • When the last of the natural light had died I heard Mathias' voice boom out through the night sky like the last guest trying to hail a cab home.
  • I am left alone, to wake and guard, until the seven fires die, and the fire in the pit also goes out.
1.9 informal (Of a machine) stop functioning or run out of electric charge: three toasters have died on me my cell phone died while I was trying to contact him
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  • If your engine dies in your car, you slow down and stop.
  • The engine died as he pulled into the spot and the transmission made a horrible, grinding noise as he shifted into park.
  • I took a deep breath and pulled over to park, but before I did the engine just died.
fail, cut out, give out, stop, break down, stop working
informal conk out, go kaput, give up the ghost
2 informal Used to emphasize that one wants to do or have something very much: they must be dying for a drink [with infinitive]: he’s dying to meet you
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  • It is typical of Plazas's professionalism and realism that she is reluctant to advertise a wish list of roles she is dying to tackle.
  • I knew you were dying to ask me that important question.
  • Actually, I ran out to conduct a chair lift demonstration for our salesman M.K. and his buddies who were dying to see how the whole set-up worked.
long, yearn, burn, ache
informal itch
3 informal Used to emphasize feelings of shock, embarrassment, amusement, or misery: I nearly died when I saw them we nearly died laughing when he told us I’m simply dying of thirst
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  • I had a look at the Gleaner's cartoon just now and I nearly died laughing!
  • I nearly died, as I thought it would be included in web diary but not so prominently.
  • I remember drinking with a friend who was wearing a Golden Bear polo shirt; well, I mean, I nearly died.
4 archaic Have an orgasm.


Middle English: from Old Norse deyja, of Germanic origin; related to dead.


die hard

Disappear or change very slowly: old habits die hard
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  • Despite the bar on discrimination, old habits die hard and the Scheduled Castes are the hardest hit.
  • His adultery could be a constant, desperate search for love, or just an old habit that dies hard.
  • Despite the assurances given at that time, the state bureaucratic delays continue as if to prove the truth of the adage that old habits die hard.

die on the vine

Be unsuccessful at an early stage.
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  • It appears the economic fruit promised by Massachusetts politicians of every stripe is dying on the vine.
  • Any good idea put forward simply dies on the vine.
  • Neither his children nor V.J.'s wanted to take over the operation, so all those years of tradition died on the vine.

never say die

Used to encourage someone in a difficult situation.
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  • Never say never, as the script writers for some James Bond movie once memorably remarked, and never say die, as someone else said.
  • In Trevor's case, and he had the biggest margin to make up, it was a case of slow and steady, head down tail up and never say die.
  • Remember, everyone, never say die, unless you're really serious about it!

to die for

informal Extremely good or desirable: the ice cream is to die for
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  • The costumes were completely marvellous and the sets were to die for in their gorgeousness.
  • The songs merge a Gomez-like quirkiness, dreamy melodies and harmonies to die for.
  • You don't want a greasy kebab on a night out - you want proper paninis, amazing coffee and hot chocolate to die for.

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There are 2 definitions of die in English:


Syllabification: die


1 singular form of dice.
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  • Basically players each choose a team of 5 dice, and take turns throwing a die onto the table.
  • Each set replaces a single die in a normal (with the predator dice) game of Bongo.
  • To include only a single die in a game that required rolling two or three at the same time would be astounding.
1.1 Architecture The cubical part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice; a dado or plinth.
2 (plural dies) A device for cutting or molding metal into a particular shape.
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  • In another metalworking arena, Fantesk may one day be used to lubricate dies, which shape sheet metal into objects such as automobile roofs.
  • In the sealing module, seal grids can be snapped in and out of the sealing-grid die to change the shape of the package seal.
  • It's fairly easy to grind metal out of a die, but putting it back in presents a real problem.
2.1An engraved device for stamping a design on coins or medals.
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  • Then you hammer them; you put the die on a coin blank and hit it with a bloody big hammer to mould the impression into the metal.
  • Some years back, the first coins produced with new dies looked better than the ones produced later.
  • The pierced motifs were mechanically cut with a steel punch and the embossed decoration on the borders stamped out with steel dies.


Middle English: from Old French de, from Latin datum 'something given or played', neuter past participle of dare.


See dice (usage).


the die is cast

An event has happened or a decision has been made that cannot be changed.
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  • When Julius Caesar paused to ponder the consequences of a military attack some 2000 years ago, his poetic adage was as fitting then as it is today: alea jacta est - the die is cast.
  • And so, the die is cast, we move out of here on the morning of March 30, motor up to the little house by the fenside, camp out overnight, just us, Harry and Dolly, two airbeds and a folding chair.
  • But now the die is cast, and said brutal dictators and corrupt monarchs no longer have the ability to stop the future.

(as) straight as a die

Absolutely straight.
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  • This one was built straight as a die and it doesn't take a royal funeral to break out the bells.
  • The ball travelled as straight as a die and with tremendous speed to the back of the net.
  • It's rhythmic, uncluttered and straight as a die.

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