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Definition of die verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they die
    he / she / it dies
    past simple died
    -ing form dying
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  1. 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. 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. Idioms
    be dying for something/to do something (informal)
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     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) (informal)
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    used to emphasize that you are telling the truth or will do what you promise I saw him do it—cross my heart.
    die in your bed
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    to die because you are old or sick
    die laughing
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    to find something extremely funny I almost died laughing when she said that.
    die/drop/fall like flies (informal)
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    to die or fall down in very large numbers People were dropping like flies in the intense heat.
    never say die (saying)
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    do not stop hoping
    old habits, traditions, etc. die hard
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    used to say that things change very slowly
    to die for (informal)
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    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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