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The police don't know whether she's alive or dead.
He is grieving for his dead father.
I raked up the dead leaves.
Rescue workers are still pulling dead bodies out of the rubble.
Three people are still missing, presumed dead.
The shootings left 14 people dead.
He was beaten and left for dead by a gang of teenagers.
By the time I had my children, Grandma was long dead.
All of that generation are now dead and gone.
They staggered down the mountain, more dead than alive.
The idea of self-government for the area is now effectively dead.
Feminism is not dead.
A government spokesman acknowledged that the peace process is dead and buried.
She finished speaking, and there was dead silence in the room.
The bullet hit the target dead center (=exactly in the center).
The truck suddenly came to a dead stop.
She fell forward and hit the floor in a dead faint.
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the part of the nucleus of an atom that has a positive electrical charge
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