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Syllabification: death·bed
Pronunciation: /ˈdeTHbed

Definition of deathbed in English:


1The bed where someone is dying or has died.
Example sentences
  • He is largely oblivious to the fact that he has caused her decline, and even excuses himself from her deathbed to have a final meeting with his mistress at the quayside.
  • Usually rendered as Good Samaritans, doctors in paintings typically hover near sickbeds or deathbeds, dispensing solace and advice.
  • There are moments of pure heartbreak in the film, no less so than when Bob is lying on his deathbed awaiting his final breaths.
1.1Used in reference to the time when someone is dying: she visited him on his deathbed [as modifier]: a deathbed confession
More example sentences
  • ‘Maybe if I don't make a deathbed confession I'll never die’ he may have thought.
  • Years later, a deathbed confession confirmed what many suspected.
  • They say they were led to the location after a woman's deathbed confession.

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