Definition of death noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    death

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//dɛθ//
     
     
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  1. 1[countable] the fact of someone dying or being killed a sudden/violent/peaceful, etc. death the anniversary of his wife's death an increase in deaths from cancer He died a slow and painful death.
  2. 2 [uncountable] the end of life; the state of being dead The victim bled to death before the ambulance arrived (= he died as a result of bleeding). He's drinking himself to death (= so that it will kill him). Police are trying to establish the cause of death. Do you believe in life after death? a death camp (= a place where prisoners are killed, usually in a war) He was sentenced to death (= to be executed ).
  3. 3[uncountable] death of something the permanent end or destruction of something the death of all my plans the death of fascism
  4. 4Death [uncountable] (literary) the power that destroys life, imagined as human in form Death is often shown in paintings as a human skeleton. Death marched in and took him away. see also sudden death
  5. Idioms
    at death's door(often humorous)
     
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    so sick that you may die I suppose you won't be coming to the party if you're at death's door!
    be the death of somebody(informal)
     
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    to worry or upset someone very much Those kids will be the death of me.
    catch your death (of cold)(old-fashioned)(informal)
     
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    to catch a very bad cold
    cheat death
     
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    (often used in newspapers) to survive in a situation where you could have died
    do something to death
     
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    to do or perform something so often that people become tired of seeing or hearing it That joke's been done to death.
    a fate worse than death(often humorous)
     
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    a terrible thing that could happen At the last minute the hero saves her from a fate worse than death.
    fight to the death/finish
     
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    to fight until one of the two people or groups is dead, or until one person or group defeats the other
    the kiss of death(informal)(especially humorous)
     
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    an event that seems good, but is certain to make something else fail
    life after death
     
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    the possibility or belief that people continue to exist in some form after they die Do you believe in life after death?
    look/feel like death warmed over(informal)
     
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    to look or feel very sick or tired
    a matter of life and death
     
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    used to describe a situation that is very important or serious
    put somebody to death
     
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    to kill someone as a punishment synonym execute The prisoner will be put to death at dawn.
    scare/frighten somebody to death
     
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    to frighten someone very much Spiders scare him to death.
    extremely; very much to be bored to death I'm sick to death of your endless criticism.
    to the death
     
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    until someone is dead a fight to the death
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