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adjective dead pronunciation in American English /ded/
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  1. 1
    no longer alive
    The police don’t know whether she’s alive or dead.
    He is grieving for his dead father.
    I raked up the dead leaves.
    a dead body: Rescue workers are still pulling dead bodies out of the rubble.
    be feared/presumed dead: Three people are still missing, presumed dead.
    leave someone dead: The shootings left 14 people dead.
    leave someone for dead (=leave them to die): He was beaten and left for dead by a gang of teenagers.
    long dead (=dead for a long time): By the time I had my children, Grandma was long dead.
    dead and gone: All of that generation are now dead and gone.
    more dead than alive (=very sick, weak, or badly injured): They staggered down the mountain, more dead than alive.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.

      the dead

      people who are dead
      the dead and injured: Fifteen of her relatives were among the dead and injured.
      the dead and dying: The bridge was soon blocked with the dead and dying.
      bury the/your dead: The people of the town now want to be left alone to bury their dead.
  2. 2
    a piece of equipment that is dead is no longer working or able to receive an electrical signal
    The battery was completely dead.
    go dead: The phone suddenly went dead.
  3. 3
    a place, time, or situation that is dead is not very interesting because very little happens in it
    The street seems dead without all the bustle of the children.
    Winter is traditionally a dead time of year in the fashion business.
  4. 4
    no longer considered useful, relevant, or likely to be successful
    The idea of self-government for the area is now effectively dead.
    Feminism is not dead.
    be dead and buried (=have failed completely): A government spokesman acknowledged that the peace process is dead and buried.
  5. 5



    half dead

    [never before noun] informal very tired, weak, or sick
    You kids seem half dead!
    dead on your feet (=very tired but still standing): By the time we had finished we were all dead on our feet.
  6. 6
    if a part of your body is dead, you cannot feel it or move it normally
    go dead: My legs had gone completely dead.
  7. 9
    [only before noun] complete
    dead silence: She finished speaking, and there was dead silence in the room.
    dead center: The bullet hit the target dead center (=exactly in the center).
    a dead stop: The truck suddenly came to a dead stop.
    in a dead faint (=completely unconscious): She fell forward and hit the floor in a dead faint.
  8. 13
    [never before noun] informal in serious trouble
    If Louise catches you going through her purse, you’re dead!


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