dying

[ dahy-ing ]
/ ˈdaɪ ɪŋ /

adjective

ceasing to live; approaching death; expiring: a dying man.
of, relating to, or associated with death: his dying hour.
given, uttered, or manifested just before death: her dying words.
drawing to a close; ending: the dying year.

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. dyerma,
  2. dyersburg,
  3. dyestuff,
  4. dyewood,
  5. dyfed,
  6. dyke,
  7. dykon,
  8. dylan,
  9. dylan, bob,
  10. dymaxion

Origin of dying

1250–1300; Middle English. See die1, -ing2, -ing1

Related formshalf-dy·ing, adjective

Can be confuseddyeing dying

die

1
[ dahy ]
/ daɪ /

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

Verb Phrases

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.

die

2
[ dahy ]
/ daɪ /

noun, plural dies for 1, 2, 4, dice for 3.

Machinery.
  1. any of various devices for cutting or forming material in a press or a stamping or forging machine.
  2. 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.
  3. one of the separate pieces of such a device.
  4. a steel block or plate with small conical holes through which wire, plastic rods, etc., are drawn.
an engraved stamp for impressing a design upon some softer material, as in coining money.
singular of dice.
Architecture. dado(def 1).

verb (used with object), died, die·ing.

to impress, shape, or cut with a die.

Origin of die

2
1300–50; Middle English de (in early Modern English taking the vowel of the plural form dice) < Old French de(i), presumbly < Latin datum given (neuter past participle of dare to give), perhaps in the derivative sense “put, placed,” hence “played, cast”

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British Dictionary definitions for dying

dying

/ (ˈdaɪɪŋ) /

verb

the present participle of die 1

adjective

relating to or occurring at the moment of deatha dying wish

die

1
/ (daɪ) /

verb dies, dying or died (mainly intr)


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
/ (daɪ) /

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for dying
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Medicine definitions for dying

die

[ dī ]

v.

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

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Idioms and Phrases with dying

dying

see under die.

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
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