Definition of dying in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdīiNG/


1On the point of death: he visited his dying mother
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  • What is set up as a life and death struggle, a dying father at the mercy of experimental science, is left unresolved.
  • The bright sky shone down on the dying beast as its death knell rang in my ears.
  • So how do you write a letter to your dying mother - a letter which both you and she know is basically a goodbye?
terminally ill, at death's door, on one's deathbed, near death, fading fast, expiring, moribund, not long for this world, in extremis
informal on one's last legs, having one foot in the grave
1.1Occurring at or connected with the time that someone dies: he strained to catch her dying words
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  • His dying words and writing helped police catch the man suspected of killing him.
  • The dying words of a young woman were a description of her killer whispered to a policeman as he cradled her in his arms.
  • Renato murders him, but with his dying words Riccardo declares Amelia innocent and pardons his former friend.
final, last;
1.2Gradually ceasing to exist or function; in decline and about to disappear: stone-cutting is a dying art the dying embers of the fire
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  • But contrary to being a dying art, brewing is flourishing north of the Border.
  • A piece of wood dropped on the dying embers in the fire soon burst into flame.
  • Once upon a time there was a petty bourgeois intellectual born into the dying culture of a declining empire.
declining, vanishing, fading, ebbing, waning
informal on the way out


to one's dying day

For the rest of one’s life: I shall remember that to my dying day
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  • He later sold it to the firm on derisory terms, a decision he regretted to his dying day.
  • I'll remember the pool to my dying day - placid, swelling, dark water running between majestic pine trees.
  • That kind of thing is a pleasure, and I certainly don't regret if I'm associated with Wilde to my dying day.


Late 16th century: present participle of die1.

Words that rhyme with dying

belying, lying, self-denying, tying, vying

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Syllabification: dy·ing

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