die


die
die1 W1S1 [daı] v past tense and past participle died present participle dying third person singular dies
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1¦(become dead)¦
2¦(disappear)¦
3¦(machines)¦
4 be dying for something/to do something
5 be dying of hunger/thirst/boredom
6 I nearly died/I could have died
7 I'd rather die
8 in the dying minutes/seconds/moments (of something)
9 old habits/traditions/customs die hard
10 never say die
11 die a/the death
12 die laughing
13 to die for
Phrasal verbs
 die away
 die back
 die down
 die off
 die out
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[Date: 1100-1200; Origin: Probably from [i]Old Norse deyja]
1.) ¦(BECOME DEAD)¦
to stop living and become dead
He died in 1985 at the age of 76.
Her father died suddenly in an accident when she was only ten.
die of/from
The animals died of starvation in the snow.
patients who are dying from cancer
She died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 98.
die for sth
(=be killed while fighting to defend something)
Do you believe in anything enough to die for it?
die young/happy/poor
She died young, at the age of 27.
The bullet went straight through his head, and he died instantly .
to your dying day/until the day you die
(=until you die)
It must remain a secret until the day I die.
sb's dying breath/wish
(=someone's last breath or wish)
It was his dying wish that the house be opened to the public.
die a hero/martyr/rich man etc
My uncle died a hero.
die a natural/violent/agonizing death
Did she die a natural death (=did she die naturally, or did someone kill her?) ?
2.) ¦(DISAPPEAR)¦
to disappear or stop existing
Our love will never die.
The family name will die with him (=disappear when he dies) .
He's one of a dying breed (=a type of person that is no longer common) .
3.) ¦(MACHINES)¦ informal
to stop working
= ↑break down
The engine spluttered and died.
die on sb
(=stop working while they are using it)
The mower just died on me.
4.) be dying for sth/to do sth
spoken to want something very much
I'm dying for a cup of coffee.
She was dying to ask where he'd got it.
I'm dying to see what it is.
5.) be dying of hunger/thirst/boredom
spoken to be very hungry, thirsty, bored etc
Do you fancy a cup of tea? I'm dying of thirst.
6.) I nearly died/I could have died
spoken used to say that you felt very surprised or embarrassed
I nearly died when I saw it was my ex-husband!
7.) I'd rather die
spoken used to say very strongly that you do not want to do something
I'd rather die than work for him!
8.) in the dying minutes/seconds/moments (of sth)
during the last minutes or seconds before the end of something
United scored an equaliser in the dying minutes of the game.
9.) old habits/traditions/customs die hard
used to say that it takes a long time to change to a new way of doing something
10.) never say die
spoken used to encourage someone to continue doing something that is difficult
11.) die a/the death informal
to gradually fail or be forgotten
The rumour gradually died a death.
12.) die laughing
spoken to laugh a lot
We nearly died laughing when he told us.
13.) to die for informal
if something is to die for, it is extremely nice, attractive, or desirable
She had hair to die for.
die away phr v
if sound, wind, or light dies away, it becomes gradually weaker until you cannot hear, feel, or see it
Her voice died away as she saw the look on David's face.
She waited until the footsteps had died away.
die back phr v
if a plant dies back, it dies above the ground but remains alive at its roots
die down phr v
if something dies down, it becomes less strong, active, or violent
Don't worry, the gossip will soon die down.
when the excitement had died down
die off phr v
if a group of people or animals die off, they die one by one until there are no more of them
die out phr v
to disappear or stop existing completely
The wild population of koalas is in danger of dying out.
There will be outbreaks of rain, gradually dying out in the afternoon.
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WORD FOCUS: die
a ceremony for someone who has died: funeral a ceremony at which someone who has died is buried or burned
burial when someone's body is put into the ground
cremation when someone's body is burned
hearse a large car that takes the body to the funeral
coffin a box in which someone is buried or carried to the funeral
grave the place where someone is buried
graveyard/cemetery an area where dead people are buried
undertaker someone who arranges funerals
the mourners the people at a funeral
See also: death, widow, widower, orphan, bereaved, will2 , obituary
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die 2
die2 n
1.) a metal block used to press or cut something into a particular shape
2.) a ↑dice
3.) the die is cast
used to say that a decision has been taken and cannot now be changed

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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