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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
die1 /daɪ/USA pronunciationv.
to cease to live;
perish:How many people died in the war?[~ + of + object]He died of thirst or starvation.[~ + from + object]He died from a gunshot wound.
[often: be + ~-ing] to lose force, strength, or vital qualities:I think he's dying; you'd better come to the hospital now.
to cease to exist;
vanish:The happy look died on her face.
to cease to function; lose power;
fade gradually:The engine died.
[often: be + ~-ing;
~ + of + object] to suffer as if fatally:I'm dying of boredom!
[often: be + ~-ing] to desire strongly or wish for keenly: [~ + for + object]I'm dying for a cup of coffee.[~ + to + verb]I'm dying to go back to the mountains.
die away, (of a sound) to become fainter and then cease altogether:The laughter died away.
die down, to become calm or quiet; subside:The storm died down quickly.
die off, to die one after another until the number is greatly reduced:Those languages are in danger of dying off and no one is there to record them.
- to cease to exist; become extinct:Little mom-and-pop corner stores are in danger of dying out.
- to die away;
subside:Gradually the roar died out and the night became quiet.
die2 /daɪ/USA pronunciation
n. [countable],pl. diesfor 1,dicefor 2.
- Idiomsdie hard, [no obj] to give way after a hard, bitter struggle:Childhood beliefs die hard.
- Mechanical Engineeringany of various devices for cutting or forming material in a press or a stamping or forging machine.
- Gamesthe singular form of dicedice:One die rolled right off the table.
- Idiomsthe die is cast, a decision has been made and cannot be changed:When Caesar led his army across the Rubicon to take over Rome, he said the die was cast.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
die /daɪ/ vb (dies, dying, died)(mainly intr)
See also die down
- (of an organism or its cells, organs, etc) to cease all biological activity permanently
- (of something inanimate) to cease to exist; come to an end
- often followed by away, down, or out: to lose strength, power, or energy, esp by degrees
- often followed by away or down: to become calm or quiet; subside
- to stop functioning: the engine died
- to languish or pine, as with love, longing, etc
- (usually followed by of) informal to be nearly overcome (with laughter, boredom, etc)
- to lack spiritual life within the soul, thus separating it from God and leading to eternal punishment
- (transitive) to undergo or suffer (a death of a specified kind) (esp in phrases such as die a saintly death)
- never say die ⇒ informal never give up
- die hard ⇒ to cease to exist after resistance or a struggle: old habits die hard
- die in harness ⇒ to die while still working or active, prior to retirement
- be dying ⇒
followed by for or an infinitive: to be eager or desperate (for something or to do something)
, die outEtymology: Old English dīegan, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse deyja, Old High German touwen
die /daɪ/ n
Etymology: 13th Century 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
- a shaped block of metal or other hard material used to cut or form metal in a drop forge, press, or similar device
- 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 threads
- a casting mould giving accurate dimensions and a good surface to the object cast
- the dado of a pedestal, usually cubic
- another name for dice
- the die is cast ⇒ the decision that commits a person irrevocably to an action has been taken