die

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[ dahy ]
/ daɪ /

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

Verb Phrases

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Idioms for die

Origin of die

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH die

die dye

synonym study for die

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 never say die (1 of 2)

die1
/ (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 for die

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

British Dictionary definitions for never say die (2 of 2)

die2
/ (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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Medical definitions for never say die

die
[ dī ]

v.

To cease living; become dead; expire.
To cease existing, especially by degrees; fade.
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Cultural definitions for never say die

Never say die

Never give up.

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Idioms and Phrases with never say die (1 of 2)

never say die

Don't ever give up, do not despair, as in This stage set doesn't look too promising, but never say die, it may still work out. This maxim today is often used ironically and deprecatingly, for something that has already failed. [Early 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with never say die (2 of 2)

die

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