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Meaning of die by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: dī, IPA: /daɪ/, SAMPA: /daI/
    • Rhymes: -aɪ
    • Homophone: dye, Di, Dai, daye

    Etymology 1

    Middle English dien, deien, from Old Norse deyja 'to die, pass away', from Proto-Germanic *dawjanan ( compare Old High German tauwen, Gothic diwans 'mortal' ), from Proto-Indo-European *dheu- 'to die' ( compare Old Norse dá 'catalepsy', Old Irish díth 'end, death', Old Church Slavonic daviti 'to strangle', Armenian di 'corpse', Avestan dvaidī 'we press' ).[1][2]


    to die ( third-person singular simple present dies present participle dying, simple past and past participle died )

    1. ( intransitive ) To stop living; to become dead; to undergo death.
      1. Followed by of. General use.
        • 1839, Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Penguin 1985, p. 87:
          "What did she die of, Work'us?" said Noah. "Of a broken heart, some of our old nurses told me," replied Oliver .
        • 2000, Stephen King, On Writing, Pocket Books 2002, p. 85:
          In 1971 or 72, Mom's sister Carolyn Weimer died of breast cancer .
      2. Followed by from. General use, though somewhat more common in medical or scientific contexts.
      3. Followed by for. Often expressing wider contextual motivations, though sometimes indicating direct causes.
      4. ( now rare ) Followed by with. Now rare as indicating direct cause.
    2. ( intransitive ) To be cut off from family or friends .
      The day our sister eloped, she died to our mother .
    3. ( intransitive, figuratively ) To become spiritually dead; to lose hope .
      He died a little inside each time she refused to speak to him .
    4. ( intransitive, colloquial ) To be mortified or shocked by a situation .
      If anyone sees me wearing this ridiculous outfit, I'll die .
    5. ( intransitive, of a machine ) to stop working, to break down .
      My car died in the middle of the freeway this morning .
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    • Notes:
    1. ^ J.P. Mallory and Douglas Q. Adams, Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture, s.v. "death" ( London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999 ), 150 .
    2. ^ Vladimir Orel, A Handbook of Germanic Etymology ( Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2003 ) .

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English dee < Old French de ( Modern French dé ) < Latin datum < datus ( “given” ), the past participle of dare ( “to give” ) < Proto-Indo-European *do- ( “to lay out, to spread out” ) .

    A pair of dice from a game.


    die ( plural: dies or dice )

    1. ( plural:: dice ) A polyhedron, usually a cube, with numbers or symbols on each side and used in games of chance.
    2. ( plural:: dies ) The cubical part of a pedestal, a plinth .
    3. ( plural:: dies ) A device for cutting into a specified shape .
    4. ( plural:: dies ) A mold for forming metal or plastic objects .
    5. ( plural:: dies ) An embossed device used in stamping coins and medals .
    6. ( plural:: dice or dies ) A fragment of a completed integrated circuit wafer, among those produced by fracturing the wafer as specified in its design, that includes a portion that ( unless defective ) can provide the electronic function for which it was designed, but whose further mechanical subdivision would irreversibly impair that function .
    Usage notes

    Using the plural dice as a singular instead of die is considered incorrect by most authorities, but has come into widespread use .

    Derived terms


    • EDI
    • eid, 'eid, Eid
    • ide, IDE
    • IED

Explanation of die by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. suffer spiritual death

    2. Whosoever..believes in me shall never die
    3. disappear or come to an end

    4. Their anger died
      My secret will die with me!
    5. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

    6. She died from cancer
    7. stop operating or functioning

    8. The car died on the road
    9. lose sparkle or bouquet

    10. to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player

    11. cut or shape with a die

    12. Die out leather for belts
    13. be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame

    14. We almost died laughing during the show
    15. languish as with love or desire

    16. feel indifferent towards

    17. She died to worldly things and eventually entered a monastery
    18. suffer or face the pain of death

    19. Martyrs may die every day for their faith
    1. a small cube with 1 to 6 spots on the six faces

    2. a device used for shaping metal

    3. a cutting tool that is fitted into a diestock and used for cutting male ( external ) screw threads on screws or bolts or pipes or rods

    Definition of die by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Die v. i. [imp. & p. p. Died ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dying.] [OE. deyen, dien, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. deyja; akin to Dan. döe, Sw. dö, Goth. diwan ( cf. Goth. afdjan to harass ), OFries. dia to kill, OS. doian to die, OHG. touwen, OSlav. daviti to choke, Lith. dovyti to torment. Cf. Dead, Death.]
      1. To pass from an animate to a lifeless state; to cease to live; to suffer a total and irreparable loss of action of the vital functions; to become dead; to expire; to perish; -- said of animals and vegetables; often with of, by, with, from, and rarely for, before the cause or occasion of death; as, “to die of disease or hardships; to die by fire or the sword; to die with horror at the thought.”

      To die by the roadside of grief and hunger. Macaulay.

      She will die from want of care. Tennyson.

      2. To suffer death; to lose life.

      In due time Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. v. 6.

      3. To perish in any manner; to cease; to become lost or extinct; to be extinguished.

      Letting the secret die within his own breast. Spectator.

      Great deeds can not die. Tennyson.

      4. To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc.

      His heart died within, and he became as a stone. 1 Sam. xxv. 37.

      The young men acknowledged, in love letters, that they died for Rebecca. Tatler.

      5. To become indifferent; to cease to be subject; as, “to die to pleasure or to sin”.

      6. To recede and grow fainter; to become imperceptible; to vanish; -- often with out or away.

      Blemishes may die away and disappear amidst the brightness. Spectator.

      7. ( Arch. ) To disappear gradually in another surface, as where moldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.

      8. To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor.

      To die in the last ditch, to fight till death; to die rather than surrender.

      “There is one certain way,” replied the Prince [William of Orange] “ by which I can be sure never to see my country's ruin, -- I will die in the last ditch.” Hume ( Hist. of Eng. ).

      -- To die out, to cease gradually; as, the prejudice has died out.

      Syn. -- To expire; decease; perish; depart; vanish.

    2. Die, n.; pl. in 1 and ( usually ) in 2, Dice ( dīs ); in 4 & 5, Dies ( dīz ). [OE. dee, die, F. dé, fr. L. datus given, thrown, p. p. of dare to give, throw. See Date a point of time.]
      1. A small cube, marked on its faces with spots from one to six, and used in playing games by being shaken in a box and thrown from it. See Dice.

      2. Any small cubical or square body.

      Words . . . pasted upon little flat tablets or dies. Watts.

      3. That which is, or might be, determined, by a throw of the die; hazard; chance.

      Such is the die of war. Spenser.

      4. ( Arch. ) That part of a pedestal included between base and cornice; the dado.

      5. ( Mach. ) A metal or plate ( often one of a pair ) so cut or shaped as to give a certain desired form to, or impress any desired device on, an object or surface, by pressure or by a blow; used in forging metals, coining, striking up sheet metal, etc. A perforated block, commonly of hardened steel used in connection with a punch, for punching holes, as through plates, or blanks from plates, or for forming cups or capsules, as from sheet metal, by drawing. A hollow internally threaded screw-cutting tool, made in one piece or composed of several parts, for forming screw threads on bolts, etc.; one of the separate parts which make up such a tool.

      Cutting die ( Mech. ), a thin, deep steel frame, sharpened to a cutting edge, for cutting out articles from leather, cloth, paper, etc. -- The die is cast, the hazard must be run; the step is taken, and it is too late to draw back; the last chance is taken.