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verb (used without object), died, dy·ing.
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Origin of die

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English dien, deien, from Old Norse deyja; cf. dead, death

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1. Die, pass away ( pass on; pass ), perish mean to relinquish life. To die is to become dead from any cause and in any circumstances. It is the simplest, plainest, and most direct word for this idea, and is used figuratively of anything that has once displayed activity: An echo, flame, storm, rumor dies. Pass away (or pass on or pass ) is a commonly used euphemism implying a continuation of life after death: Grandfather passed away ( passed on or passed ). Perish, a more literary term, implies death under harsh circumstances such as hunger, cold, neglect, etc.; figuratively, perish connotes utter extinction: Hardship caused many pioneers to perish. Ancient Egyptian civilization has perished.


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Other definitions for die (2 of 2)

[ dahy ]
/ daɪ /

noun, plural dies for 1, 2, 4, dice for 3.
  1. any of various devices for cutting or forming material in a press or a stamping or forging machine.
  2. a hollow device of steel, often composed of several pieces to be fitted into a stock, for cutting the threads of bolts or the like.
  3. one of the separate pieces of such a device.
  4. a steel block or plate with small conical holes through which wire, plastic rods, etc., are drawn.
an engraved stamp for impressing a design upon some softer material, as in coining money.
singular of dice.
Architecture. dado (def. 1).
verb (used with object), died, die·ing.
to impress, shape, or cut with a die.

Origin of die

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English de (in early Modern English taking the vowel of the plural form dice), from Old French de(i), presumably from Latin datum “given” (neuter past participle of dare “to give”), perhaps in the derivative sense “put, placed,” hence “played, cast”
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What is a basic definition of die?

Die is a verb that means to stop living, to stop existing, or to stop functioning. Die has several other senses as a verb and a noun.

When somebody dies, they are no longer alive. They have become dead. All living things will eventually die. Someone can die from disease, violence, or anything else that causes their vital organs (heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and lungs) to stop working.

  • Real-life examples: Everyone who is dead has died. Plants die when they don’t get enough sunlight and water. Animals die from many of the same things as humans. Antibiotics are designed to cause disease-causing bacteria to die.
  • Used in a sentence: I forgot to water my sunflower, so it died. 

For nonliving things, the word die means to stop existing. If your hope dies, for example, you don’t have hope anymore. It’s gone.

  • Used in a sentence: My dreams of being a rock star will never die. 

For machinery or electronics, to die means to stop working or functioning. Often, this sense is used to refer to batteries or an engine dying, that is losing their power. It can also be used to describe something that is broken beyond repair.

  • Used in a sentence: I managed to upload all of my files before my laptop died. 

Die is also used in several different idioms that have nothing to do with death. For example, the idiom to die for means to want something a lot. To die laughing means to be very amused.

Where does die come from?

The first records of the term die come from around 1150. It ultimately comes from the Old Norse verb deyja.

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How is die used in real life?

Die is, sadly, a common word that means to stop being alive.

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Which of the following is not able to die?

A. fish
B. a chair
C. an oak tree
D. bacteria

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British Dictionary definitions for die (1 of 2)

/ (daɪ) /

verb dies, dying or died (mainly intr)

Word Origin for die

Old English dīegan, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse deyja, Old High German touwen

usage for die

It was formerly considered incorrect to use the preposition from after die, but of and from are now both acceptable: he died of/from his injuries

British Dictionary definitions for die (2 of 2)

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Word Origin for die

C13 dee, from Old French de, perhaps from Vulgar Latin datum (unattested) a piece in games, noun use of past participle of Latin dare to play
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