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): They 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.
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