Definition of dead noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ded//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ded//
    the dead
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  1. 1[plural] people who have died The dead and wounded in that one attack amounted to 6 000.
  2. 2[singular] the state of being dead Christians believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. (figurative) In nine years he has brought his party back from the dead almost to the brink of power.
  3. see also living dead
    Word OriginOld English dēad, of Germanic origin: related to Dutch dood and German tot, also to die. More Like This Plural adjectival nouns the blind, the deaf, the destitute, the dead, the dying, the elderly, the faithful, the homeless, the injured, the insane, the jobless, the middle aged, the old, the poor, the rich, the sick, the squeamish, the wealthy, the wicked, the wounded, the youngSee worksheet. Idioms
    in the dead of night (British English also at dead of night)
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    in the quietest part of the night I crept out of bed in the dead of night and sneaked downstairs.
    in the coldest part of winter
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dead