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[ dahy-ing ]


  1. ceasing to live; approaching death; expiring:

    a dying man.

  2. of, relating to, or associated with death:

    his dying hour.

  3. given, uttered, or manifested just before death:

    her dying words.

  4. drawing to a close; ending:

    the dying year.


  1. the act or process of ceasing to live, ending, or drawing to a close.


/ ˈdaɪɪŋ /


  1. the present participle of die 1


  1. relating to or occurring at the moment of death

    a dying wish

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Other Words From

  • half-dying adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dying1

1250–1300; Middle English. See die 1, -ing 2, -ing 1

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Idioms and Phrases

see under die .

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Example Sentences

You might think that the praise for So’s work springs from grief over his dying so young.

In fact, even if you do get infected after vaccination, your risks of getting seriously ill, needing to go in the hospital, needing to go in the intensive care unit or dying are reduced even further.

It’s a reminder that while most of those who’ve died of the virus have been old, being old is not a prerequisite for dying of the virus.

In the final stage of this “demographic transition,” Thompson proposed, the fertility rate would settle at just about replacement level with one baby born for every adult dying.

Retiring or dying would still dilute the impact of a justice’s side on the court, but it wouldn’t be so pivotal.

I am fortunate that I have never been deathly ill, but whenever I have the stomach flu, I most certainly feel like I am dying.

Gillingham tells Mary that he wants to make their lives simpler, but it sounds a little like the dying of the light.

Mills was lying on the sidewalk, dying, right in front of people trained to save him.

“In a country that once fed the world, children were dying of malnourishment,” writes Ivereigh.

Her son peeked out the window and told me his mother had left Havana for La Lisa to visit a dying relative.

You see, I am the city undertaker, and the people are dying here so fast, that I can hardly supply the demand for coffins.

The Alcalde was kneeling by his side, gazing sadly and earnestly into the face of the dying man.

The farewell and the mourning are finished by the slaughter of dogs, that the dying man may have forerunners in the other world.

As the music wailed its dying cadences into this fateful silence, Tom met her eyes across the room.

The wish to go to heaven without dying is, as I know, a motive derived from child-life.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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