verb (used without object), died, dy·ing.
- to cease to exist; become extinct: Both lines of the family died out before the turn of the century.
- to die away; fade; subside: The roar of the engines died out as the rocket vanished into the clouds.
- to die only after a bitter struggle.
- to give way or surrender slowly or with difficulty: Childhood beliefs die hard.
Can be confuseddie dye
Definition for die (2 of 3)
noun, plural dies for 1, 2, 4, dice for 3.
- any of various devices for cutting or forming material in a press or a stamping or forging machine.
- 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.
- one of the separate pieces of such a device.
- a steel block or plate with small conical holes through which wire, plastic rods, etc., are drawn.
verb (used with object), died, die·ing.
Origin of die2
Definition for die (3 of 3)
plural noun, singular die.
verb (used with object), diced, dic·ing.
verb (used without object), diced, dic·ing.
Origin of dice
Related formsdic·er, noun
Examples from the Web for die
Yves Albarello, MP of Seine-et-Marne, said the gunmen told police they were ready to “die as martyrs.”
Asserting our right to free speech is the only to ensure that 12 people did not die in vain.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Though this too is debatable given that 25,000 to 40,000 people a year die of influenza—the vast majority of them unvaccinated.When You Get the Flu This Winter, You Can Blame Anti-Vaxxers|Kent Sepkowitz|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They made it home, after which he did die, she nursing him to the end.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain|Tim Teeman|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the 1980s, your community allowed hundreds of thousands of us to die because you believed AIDS was divine punishment.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I think, said Nero, savagely, that swans sing sweetest before they die.Darkness and Dawn|Frederic W. Farrar
Did he die there because he was mortal and we leave Rivesaltes.Geography and Plays|Gertrude Stein
No one saved her, but many did rush to the fore, and die for her.
If they are by a great effort carried through the first year, it is only to die in the next.Applied Eugenics|Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Still it was better to die struggling than to sit down and fold their hands.The Greater Republic|Charles Morris
British Dictionary definitions for die (1 of 3)
verb dies, dying or died (mainly intr)
Word Origin for die
British Dictionary definitions for die (2 of 3)
- a shaped block of metal or other hard material used to cut or form metal in a drop forge, press, or similar device
- a tool of metal, silicon carbide, or other hard material with a conical hole through which wires, rods, or tubes are drawn to reduce their diameter
Word Origin for die
British Dictionary definitions for die (3 of 3)
Derived Formsdicer, noun
Word Origin for dice
Medicine definitions for die
Idioms and Phrases with die (1 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with die
- die away
- die down
- die for
- die hard
- die in harness
- die is cast, the
- die laughing
- die off
- die out
- die to
- die with one's boots on
- curl up (and die)
- do or die
- it's to die
- never say die
Idioms and Phrases with die (2 of 2)
see load the dice; no deal (dice).