Nearby words

  1. dowitcher,
  2. dowland,
  3. dowland, john,
  4. dowlas,
  5. dowly,
  6. down and dirty,
  7. down and out,
  8. down card,
  9. down cold, have,
  10. down east

Idioms

Origin of down

1
before 1100; Middle English doune, Old English dūne, aphetic variant of adūne for of dūne off (the) hill; see a-2, down3

Related formsun·downed, adjective

die

1
[dahy]

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

to cease to live; undergo the complete and permanent cessation of all vital functions; become dead.
(of something inanimate) to cease to exist: The laughter died on his lips.
to lose force, strength, or active qualities: Superstitions die slowly.
to cease to function; stop: The motor died.
to be no longer subject; become indifferent: to die to worldly matters.
to pass gradually; fade or subside gradually (usually followed by away, out, or down): The storm slowly died down.
Theology. to lose spiritual life.
to faint or languish.
to suffer as if fatally: I'm dying of boredom!
to pine with desire, love, longing, etc.: I'm dying to see my home again.
to desire or want keenly or greatly: I'm dying for a cup of coffee.

Verb Phrases

die away, (of a sound) to become weaker or fainter and then cease: The hoofbeats gradually died away.
die down, to become calm or quiet; subside.
die off, to die one after another until the number is greatly reduced: Her friends are dying off.
die out,
  1. to cease to exist; become extinct: Both lines of the family died out before the turn of the century.
  2. to die away; fade; subside: The roar of the engines died out as the rocket vanished into the clouds.

Origin of die

1
1150–1200; Middle English dien, deien < Old Norse deyja. Cf. dead, death

Can be confuseddie dye

Synonym study

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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British Dictionary definitions for downed

Down

1

noun

a district of SE Northern Ireland, in Co Down. Pop: 65 195 (2003 est). Area: 649 sq km (250 sq miles)
a historical county of SE Northern Ireland, on the Irish Sea: generally hilly, rising to the Mountains of Mourne: in 1973 it was replaced for administrative purposes by the districts of Ards, Banbridge, Castlereagh, Down, Newry and Mourne, North Down, and part of Lisburn. Area: 2466 sq km (952 sq miles)

Down

2

noun

any of various lowland breeds of sheep, typically of stocky build and having dense close wool, originating from various parts of southern England, such as Oxford, Hampshire, etcSee also Dorset Down
another name for Hampshire Down

die

1

verb dies, dying or died (mainly intr)

(of an organism or its cells, organs, etc) to cease all biological activity permanentlyshe died of pneumonia
(of something inanimate) to cease to exist; come to an endthe memory of her will never die
(often foll by away, down, or out) to lose strength, power, or energy, esp by degrees
(often foll by away or down) to become calm or quiet; subsidethe noise slowly died down
to stop functioningthe engine died
to languish or pine, as with love, longing, etc
(usually foll by of) informal to be nearly overcome (with laughter, boredom, etc)
theol to lack spiritual life within the soul, thus separating it from God and leading to eternal punishment
(tr) to undergo or suffer (a death of a specified kind) (esp in phrases such as die a saintly death)
(foll by to) to become indifferent or apathetic (to)to die to the world
never say die informal never give up
die hard to cease to exist after resistance or a struggleold habits die hard
die in harness to die while still working or active, prior to retirement
be dying (foll by for or an infinitive) to be eager or desperate (for something or to do something)I'm dying to see the new house
to die for informal highly desirablea salary to die for

Word Origin for die

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

usage

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

die

2

noun

  1. a shaped block of metal or other hard material used to cut or form metal in a drop forge, press, or similar device
  2. 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
an internally-threaded tool for cutting external threadsCompare tap 2 (def. 6)
a casting mould giving accurate dimensions and a good surface to the object castSee also die-cast
architect the dado of a pedestal, usually cubic
another name for dice (def. 2)
as straight as a die perfectly honest
the die is cast the decision that commits a person irrevocably to an action has been taken

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

down

1

preposition

used to indicate movement from a higher to a lower positionthey went down the mountain
at a lower or further level or position on, in, or alonghe ran down the street

adverb

downwards; at or to a lower level or positiondon't fall down
(particle) used with many verbs when the result of the verb's action is to lower or destroy its objectpull down; knock down; bring down
(particle) used with several verbs to indicate intensity or completioncalm down
immediatelycash down
on paperwrite this down
arranged; scheduledthe meeting is down for next week
in a helpless positionthey had him down on the ground
  1. away from a more important placedown from London
  2. away from a more northerly placedown from Scotland
  3. (of a member of some British universities) away from the university; on vacation
  4. in a particular part of a countrydown south
nautical (of a helm) having the rudder to windward
reduced to a state of lack or wantdown to the last pound
lacking a specified amountat the end of the day the cashier was ten pounds down
lower in pricebacon is down
including all intermediate terms, grades, people, etcfrom managing director down to tea-lady
from an earlier to a later timethe heirloom was handed down
to a finer or more concentrated stateto grind down; boil down
sport being a specified number of points, goals, etc behind another competitor, team, etcsix goals down
(of a person) being inactive, owing to illnessdown with flu
(functioning as imperative) (to dogs)down Rover!
down with (functioning as imperative) wanting the end of somebody or somethingdown with the king!
get down on something Australian and NZ to procure something, esp in advance of needs or in anticipation of someone else

adjective

(postpositive) depressed or miserable
(prenominal) of or relating to a train or trains from a more important place or one regarded as higherthe down line
(postpositive) (of a device, machine, etc, esp a computer) temporarily out of action
made in casha down payment
down to the responsibility or fault ofthis defeat was down to me
down with informal
  1. having a good understanding ofdown with computers
  2. in agreement withcompletely down with that idea
  3. enjoying mutual friendship and respect withdown with the kids

verb

(tr) to knock, push or pull down
(intr) to go or come down
(tr) informal to drink, esp quicklyhe downed three gins
(tr) to bring (someone) down, esp by tackling

noun

American football one of a maximum of four consecutive attempts by one team to advance the ball a total of at least ten yards
a descent; downward movement
a lowering or a poor period (esp in the phrase ups and downs)
have a down on informal to bear ill will towards (someone or something)

Word Origin for down

Old English dūne, short for adūne, variant of of dūne, literally: from the hill, from of, off + dūn hill; see down 3

down

2

noun

the soft fine feathers with free barbs that cover the body of a bird and prevent loss of heat. In the adult they lie beneath and between the contour feathers
another name for eiderdown (def. 1)
botany a fine coating of soft hairs, as on certain leaves, fruits, and seeds
any growth or coating of soft fine hair, such as that on the human face

Word Origin for down

C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse dūnn

down

3

noun

archaic a hill, esp a sand duneSee also downs (def. 1), Downs (def. 1)

Word Origin for down

Old English dūn; related to Old Frisian dūne, Old Saxon dūna hill, Old Irish dūn fortress, Greek this sandbank; see dune, town

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Word Origin and History for downed
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Medicine definitions for downed

die

[dī]

v.

To cease living; become dead; expire.
To cease existing, especially by degrees; fade.

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Idioms and Phrases with downed

die

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

also see:

  • curl up (and die)
  • do or die
  • it's to die
  • never say die

down

In addition to the idioms beginning with down

  • down and dirty
  • down and out
  • down cold, have
  • down for the count
  • down in the dumps
  • down on
  • down one's alley
  • down one's neck
  • down one's nose
  • down on one's luck
  • down someone's throat
  • down the drain
  • down the hatch
  • down the line
  • down the pike
  • down the road
  • down the tubes
  • down to
  • down to earth
  • down to size
  • down to the ground
  • down to the wire
  • down with

also see:

  • back down
  • batten down the hatches
  • bear down
  • beat down
  • be down
  • belt down
  • bog down
  • boil down to
  • break down
  • breathe down one's neck
  • bring down
  • bring down the house
  • buckle down
  • build down
  • burn down
  • call down
  • cast down
  • caught with one's pants down
  • chow down
  • clamp down
  • close down
  • come down
  • come down on
  • come down to
  • come down with
  • cool down
  • cool off (down)
  • count down
  • crack down
  • cut down
  • deep down
  • die away (down)
  • dig down
  • draw down
  • dressing down
  • face down
  • fall down
  • flag down to
  • get down to brass tacks
  • go down (downhill)
  • go down the line
  • hand down
  • hands down
  • hold down
  • it's all downhill
  • jump down someone's throat
  • keep down
  • knock back (down)
  • knock down with a feather
  • knuckle down
  • lay down
  • lay down the law
  • lead down the garden path
  • let down easy
  • let one's hair down
  • let someone down
  • let the side down
  • lie down (on the job)
  • live down
  • look down on
  • lowdown, get the
  • mark down
  • mow down
  • nail down
  • pin down
  • pipe down
  • play down
  • plunk down
  • pull down
  • put down
  • put down roots
  • put one's foot down
  • ram down someone's throat
  • ring down the curtain
  • rub down
  • run down
  • scale down
  • sell down the river
  • send down
  • set down
  • settle down
  • shake down
  • shoot down
  • shout down
  • shut down
  • simmer down
  • sit down
  • slap down
  • slow down
  • splash down
  • stand down
  • stare down
  • step down
  • strike down
  • suit down to the ground
  • take down
  • take down a notch
  • take lying down
  • talk down to
  • tear down
  • the lowdown on
  • throw down the gauntlet
  • thumbs up (down)
  • tie down
  • tone down
  • touch down
  • track down
  • trade down
  • turn down
  • turn upside down
  • ups and downs
  • vote down
  • wash down
  • water down
  • wear down
  • weigh down
  • when it comes (down) to
  • when the chips are down
  • wind down
  • write down
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