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noun death pronunciation in American English /deθ/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the state of being dead

    It was clear that Sandra was very close to death.

    bleed/starve/burn etc. to death:

    These people will starve to death unless they receive help soon.

    stab/kick/beat etc. someone to death:

    Two of the prisoners were beaten to death by the guards.

    escape death (=avoid being killed):

    They narrowly escaped death when their car skidded off the road.

    the cause of death:

    The doctor said that the cause of death was brain damage.

  2. 2
    [countable] an occasion when someone dies

    the rising number of deaths on the roads every year

    There has recently been a death in their family.

    deaths from cancer/disease/traffic accidents etc.:

    The program is aimed at reducing the number of deaths from cancer.

  3. 3
    [singular] the time when something ends or the fact that it ends
    death of:

    the death of apartheid in South Africa

    spell the death of something (=cause the end of it):

    These regulations could spell the death of the industry.


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