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verb     die pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participledying
past tensedied
past participledied
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to stop being alive

    My grandfather died at the age of 86.

    die of/from:

    She is dying of cancer.

    die with:

    1 in 3 people over 65 will die with dementia.

    die for:

    They were ready to die for their country.

    die young/happy/poor:

    Tragically, Keats died young.

    die a sudden/violent/natural etc. death:

    Several people in the village have died violent deaths.

    die a millionaire/hero/coward etc.:

    I’m proud to tell you that your son died a hero.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to disappear, or to stop existing

    Coal mining is dying in this area.

    Our memory of her will never die.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to stop burning or shining

    They watched the fire dying in the grate.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] informal to stop operating

    The car’s just died on me.

  5. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    would die in a ditch used for saying that an issue is very important to you and you won't change your mind or position on it

    He says that these are things that he would “die in a ditch for”.

    Is this a die in a ditch issue?

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 15/05/2014
  6. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    die by your own hand to kill yourself
    Submitted by Caleb Judy from United States on 09/07/2016
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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