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.
Origin of die1
Synonyms for die
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
Related Words for diesdrown, expire, perish, succumb, end, pass, stop, fall, fail, vanish, disappear, deteriorate, decease, finish, depart, drop, suffocate, demise, conk, croak
Examples from the Web for dies
Contemporary Examples of dies
Cumming would like to choose the moment he dies, if faced with a similar situation.Alan Cumming: The Truth About My Father
October 14, 2014
Within two or three seconds have shot him, and he dies from his wounds.When Police Violence Gets Personal
October 5, 2014
She is discharged from the hospital and dies three months later in her sleep.Real Life Lazarus: When Patients Rise From the Dead
August 21, 2014
When he dies in office, it was not unlike when Lincoln died.What the Archives Say About Nixon
August 8, 2014
Ygritte (Rose Leslie) Dies: Season 4, Episode 9: “The Watchers on the Wall” Poor Ygritte.Life After ‘Game of Thrones’ Death: Where to See Your Favorite Dead Characters Next
June 18, 2014
Historical Examples of dies
It is because the Caucasian believes in Him that he lives in fear and dies in fear.The Conquest of Fear
It may last for a time separated from truth, but it dies its life, not lives it.Weighed and Wanting
No fear but what Isaac will do well in the world and be a rich man before he dies.Biographical Stories
"But if my Lady Rackrent dies, there's an end of all jointure," says Jason.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Bewulf dies, and Wiglaf bitterly reproaches his companions for their cowardice.Beowulf
verb dies, dying or died (mainly intr)
Word Origin for die
- 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
mid-12c., possibly from Old Danish døja or Old Norse deyja "to die, pass away," both from Proto-Germanic *dawjanan (cf. Old Frisian deja "to kill," Old Saxon doian, Old High German touwen, Gothic diwans "mortal"), from PIE root *dheu- (3) "to pass away, become senseless" (cf. Old Irish dith "end, death," Old Church Slavonic daviti, Russian davit' "to choke, suffer").
It has been speculated that Old English had *diegan, from the same source, but it is not in any of the surviving texts and the preferred words were steorfan (see starve), sweltan (see swelter), wesan dead, also forðgan and other euphemisms.
Languages usually don't borrow words from abroad for central life experiences, but "die" words are an exception, because they are often hidden or changed euphemistically out of superstitious dread. A Dutch euphemism translates as "to give the pipe to Maarten." Regularly spelled dege through 15c., and still pronounced "dee" by some in Lancashire and Scotland. Used figuratively (of sounds, etc.) from 1580s. Related: Died; dies.
early 14c. (as a plural, late 14c. as a singular), from Old French de "die, dice," of uncertain origin. Common Romanic (cf. Spanish, Portuguese, Italian dado, Provençal dat, Catalan dau), perhaps from Latin datum "given," past participle of dare (see date (n.1)), which, in addition to "give," had a secondary sense of "to play" (as a chess piece); or else from "what is given" (by chance or Fortune). Sense of "stamping block or tool" first recorded 1690s.
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