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verb die pronunciation in American English /daɪ/
Word Forms
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 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

    Coal mining is dying in this area.

    Our memory of her will never die.

  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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