die away


Also, die down. Gradually diminish, fade, or subside; slowly come to an end. For example, As they moved higher up, their voices died away, or The rain seems to be dying down. The first term, from the late 1600s, today is most often applied to a diminishing sound and was originally used to describe the wind slowing down or ceasing to blow. The variant dates from the first half of the 1800s.

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How to use die away in a sentence

  • While the rumor mill can eventually die away, sexting leaves permanent evidence, and it can be devastating.

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  • Murmurs were indeed continually heard, but they seemed to be such as would die away.

  • He still stood by her, looking at her keenly, and the bitterness in his voice did not die away.

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  • As Stella and I stood in the door listening to the young voices die away down the road, we used to look at one another happily.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
  • After some time, this report of a conspiracy seemed to die away like many others of that period.

    Peveril of the Peak | Sir Walter Scott
  • And then, to our amazement, the lights one by one began to die away.

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