Definition of die verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    die

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//daɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they die
    BrE BrE//daɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪ//
     
    he / she / it dies
    BrE BrE//daɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪz//
     
    past simple died
    BrE BrE//daɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪd//
     
    past participle died
    BrE BrE//daɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪd//
     
    -ing form dying
    BrE BrE//ˈdaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaɪɪŋ//
     
    Death
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to stop living Her husband died suddenly last week. That plant's died. die of/from something to die of/from cancer die for something He died for his beliefs. I'll never forget it to my dying day (= until I die). (informal) I nearly died when I saw him there (= it was very embarrassing). die something to die a violent/painful/natural, etc. death + adj. She died young. At least they died happy. + noun He died a poor man. Wordfinderashes, cemetery, coffin, cremation, die, funeral, grave, hearse, morgue, mourn See related entries: Death
  2. 2  [intransitive] to stop existing; to disappear The old customs are dying. His secret died with him (= he never told anyone). The words died on my lips (= I stopped speaking).
  3. 3[intransitive] (of a machine) to stop working The engine spluttered and died. My car just died on me.
  4. Word Originverb Middle English: from Old Norse deyja, of Germanic origin; related to dead.Extra examples Her father died tragically in a car crash. I nearly died when they told me the price. I thought I was going to die. One of their children died in infancy. She should be allowed to die peacefully. The accident victim died from her injuries. to die for your country Her father died of cancer. I’ll never forget it to my dying day. I’m not afraid to die. She died a natural death. That plant’s died.Idioms
    be dying for something/to do something
     
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     (informal) to want something or want to do something very much I'm dying for a glass of water. I'm dying to know what happened.
    cross my heart (and hope to die)
     
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    (informal) used to emphasize that you are telling the truth or will do what you promise I saw him do it—cross my heart.
    (British English, informal) to fail completely The play got terrible reviews and quickly died a death. to die because you are old or ill/sick to find something extremely funny I nearly died laughing when she said that.
    die/fall/drop like flies
     
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    (informal) to die or fall down in very large numbers People were dropping like flies in the intense heat.
    (saying) do not stop hoping
    old habits, traditions, etc. die hard
     
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    used to say that things change very slowly
    (informal) if you think something is to die for, you really want it, and would do anything to get it She was wearing a dress to die for.
    Phrasal Verbsdie awaydie backdie downdie offdie out
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