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dying

[ dahy-ing ]
/ ˈdaɪ ɪŋ /
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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.

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Origin of dying

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

OTHER WORDS FROM dying

half-dying, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dying

dyeing, dying
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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
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Idioms and Phrases with dying

dying

see under die.

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