- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to stop living Her husband died suddenly last week. The plants died within a week. 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.
- 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[intransitive] (of a machine) to stop working The engine spluttered and died. My car just died on me. Idioms
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NAmE//daɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they die
he / she / it dies
past simple died
-ing form dying
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.
be dying for something/to do something (informal)jump to other results
used to emphasize that you are telling the truth or will do what you promise I saw him do it—cross my heart.
cross my heart (and hope to die) (informal)jump to other results
to die because you are old or sick
die in your bedjump to other results
to find something extremely funny I almost died laughing when she said that.
die laughingjump to other results
to die or fall down in very large numbers People were dropping like flies in the intense heat.
die/drop/fall like flies (informal)jump to other results
do not stop hoping
never say die (saying)jump to other results
used to say that things change very slowly
old habits, traditions, etc. die hardjump to other results
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
to die for (informal)jump to other results