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verb die pronunciation in British English /daɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledying
past tensedied
past participledied
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  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 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
    Our memory of her will never die.
    Coal mining is dying in this area.
  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.


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