die

Your friend would be furious if you promised you would water his plants while he was out of town, and then let his favorite fern die. To die is to expire, or to cease to be alive.

The verb to die means "to stop living," and it's also used to exaggerate a need or want, like when you say, "I would die to have those shoes." When die is a noun, it means a metal-cutting tool or the single form of dice: "Hand me the die, it's my turn to roll." When you're talking about permanently staining or coloring something, you have to use the word dye.

Primary Meanings of die

1.
v
pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
2.
v
suffer or face the pain of death
3.
v
feel indifferent towards
4.
nv
a device used for shaping metal
cut or shape with a die
5.
n
a small cube with 1 to 6 spots on the six faces; used in gambling to generate random numbers
Full Definitions of die
1

v pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

“She died from cancer”
Synonyms:
buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it
break, break down, conk out, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad
stop operating or functioning
Antonyms:
be born
come into existence through birth
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abort
cease development, die, and be aborted
asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate
be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
buy it, pip out
be killed or die;
drown
die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating
predecease
die before; die earlier than
famish, starve
die of food deprivation
fall
die, as in battle or in a hunt
succumb, yield
be fatally overwhelmed
strangle
die from strangulation
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

v stop operating or functioning

“The car died on the road”
Synonyms:
break, break down, conk out, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad
break
render inoperable or ineffective
buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it
pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
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crash, go down
stop operating
blow, blow out, burn out
melt, break, or become otherwise unusable
misfire
fail to fire or detonate
malfunction, misfunction
fail to function or function improperly
jam
get stuck and immobilized
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v disappear or come to an end

“Their anger died
“My secret will die with me!”
Type of:
disappear, go away, vanish
get lost, as without warning or explanation

v suffer spiritual death; be damned (in the religious sense)

“Whosoever..believes in me shall never die
2

v suffer or face the pain of death

“Martyrs may die every day for their faith”
Synonyms:
buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it
pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
Type of:
endure, suffer
undergo or be subjected to

v be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame

“I was dying with embarrassment when my little lie was discovered”
“We almost died laughing during the show”
Type of:
break down, lose it, snap
lose control of one's emotions

v languish as with love or desire

“She dying for a cigarette”
“I was dying to leave”
Type of:
ache, languish, pine, yearn, yen
have a desire for something or someone who is not present

v lose sparkle or bouquet

Synonyms:
become flat, pall
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

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

Type of:
play
participate in games or sport
3

v feel indifferent towards

“She died to worldly things and eventually entered a monastery”
Type of:
experience, feel
undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
4

n a device used for shaping metal

Types:
stamp
a block or die used to imprint a mark or design
Type of:
shaping tool
a tool for shaping metal

n 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

Type of:
cutlery, cutter, cutting tool
a cutting implement; a tool for cutting

v cut or shape with a die

Die out leather for belts”
Synonyms:
die out
Type of:
cut out
form and create by cutting out
5

n a small cube with 1 to 6 spots on the six faces; used in gambling to generate random numbers

Synonyms:
dice
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five, five-spot
a playing card or a domino or a die whose upward face shows five pips
four, four-spot
a playing card or domino or die whose upward face shows four pips
one-spot
a domino or die whose upward face shows one pip
six, six-spot
a playing card or domino or die whose upward face shows six pips
Type of:
cube, square block
a block in the (approximate) shape of a cube

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