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  1. die
  2. verb

    • 1. (of a person, animal, or plant) stop living:

      he died of tuberculosis trees are dying from acid rain the king died a violent death
      Synonym : pass away, pass on, lose one's life, depart this life, expire, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, meet one's end, meet one's death, lay down one's life, be no more, perish, be lost, go the way of the flesh, go the way of all flesh, go to glory, go to one's last resting place, go to meet one's maker, cross the great divide, cross the Styx, give up the ghost, kick the bucket, bite the dust, croak, flatline, conk out, buy it, turn up one's toes, cash in one's chips, go belly up, shuffle off this mortal coil, go the way of the dinosaurs, push up the daisies, be six feet under, snuff it, peg out, pop one's clogs, hop the twig/stick, bite the big one, buy the farm, check out, hand in one's dinner pail, go bung, exit, decease
    • 2. become extinct:

      many species died out
    • 3. be forgotten:

      her genius has assured her name will never die
    • 4. become less loud or strong:

      after a while, the noise died down at last the storm died away
      Synonym : fade, fall away, dwindle, melt away, dissolve, subside, decline, sink, lapse, ebb, wane, wilt, wither, evanesce, come to an end, end, vanish, disappear
    • 5. (of a plant) decay from the tip toward the root:

      rhubarb dies back to a crown of buds each winter
    • 6. die one after another until few or none are left:

      the original founders died off or retired
    • 7. (of a fire or light) stop burning or gleaming:

      the fire had died and the room was cold
    • 8. (of a machine) stop functioning or run out of electric charge:

      three toasters have died on me I was halfway through a text message when the phone died
      Synonym : fail, cut out, give out, stop, halt, break down, stop working, cease to function, peter out, fizzle out, run down, fade away, lose power, conk out, go kaput, give up the ghost, go phut, pack up
    • 9. be very eager for something:

      they must be dying for a drink he's dying to meet you
      Synonym : be very eager, be very keen, be desperate, long, yearn, burn, ache, itch, have a yen, yen
    • 10. used to emphasize how strongly one is affected by a particular feeling or emotion:

      only the thought of Matilda prevented him from dying of boredom we nearly died laughing when he told us
    • 11. have an orgasm.

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: die, 3rd person present: dies, gerund or present participle: dying, past tense: died, past participle: died