die - definition and synonyms


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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

    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.

  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 yourselfSubmitted by Caleb Judy from United States on 09/07/2016