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adjective American English pronunciation: dead /ded/ 
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  1. 1
    no longer alive

    The police don't know whether she's alive or dead.

    He is grieving for his dead father.

    I raked up the dead leaves.

    a dead body:

    Rescue workers are still pulling dead bodies out of the rubble.

    be feared/presumed dead:

    Three people are still missing, presumed dead.

    leave someone dead:

    The shootings left 14 people dead.

    leave someone for dead (=leave them to die):

    He was beaten and left for dead by a gang of teenagers.

    long dead (=dead for a long time):

    By the time I had my children, Grandma was long dead.

    dead and gone:

    All of that generation are now dead and gone.

    more dead than alive (=very sick, weak, or badly injured):

    They staggered down the mountain, more dead than alive.

    1. a.

      the dead

      people who are dead
      the dead and injured:

      Fifteen of her relatives were among the dead and injured.

      the dead and dying:

      The bridge was soon blocked with the dead and dying.

      bury the/your dead:

      The people of the town now want to be left alone to bury their dead.

  2. 2
    a piece of equipment that is dead is no longer working or able to receive an electrical signal

    The battery was completely dead.

    go dead:

    The phone suddenly went dead.

  3. 3
    a place, time, or situation that is dead is not very interesting because very little happens in it

    The street seems dead without all the bustle of the children.

    Winter is traditionally a dead time of year in the fashion business.

  4. 4
    no longer considered useful, relevant, or likely to be successful

    The idea of self-government for the area is now effectively dead.

    Feminism is not dead.

    be dead and buried (=have failed completely):

    A government spokesman acknowledged that the peace process is dead and buried.

  5. 5

    dead

    or

    half dead

    [never before noun] informal very tired, weak, or sick

    You kids seem half dead!

    dead on your feet (=very tired but still standing):

    By the time we had finished we were all dead on our feet.

  6. 9
    [only before noun] complete
    dead silence:

    She finished speaking, and there was dead silence in the room.

    dead center:

    The bullet hit the target dead center (=exactly in the center).

    a dead stop:

    The truck suddenly came to a dead stop.

    in a dead faint (=completely unconscious):

    She fell forward and hit the floor in a dead faint.

  7. 13
    [never before noun] informal in serious trouble

    If Louise catches you going through her purse, you're dead!

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