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noun death pronunciation in British 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): The couple 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 programme 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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