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.

Definitions of die
  1. verb
    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
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    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
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    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  2. verb
    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
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  3. verb
    disappear or come to an end
    “Their anger died
    “My secret will die with me!”
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    disappear, go away, vanish
    get lost, as without warning or explanation
  4. verb
    suffer spiritual death; be damned (in the religious sense)
    “Whosoever..believes in me shall never die
  5. verb
    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
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    endure, suffer
    undergo or be subjected to
  6. verb
    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”
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    break down, lose it, snap
    lose control of one's emotions
  7. verb
    languish as with love or desire
    “She dying for a cigarette”
    “I was dying to leave”
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    ache, languish, pine, yearn, yen
    have a desire for something or someone who is not present
  8. verb
    lose sparkle or bouquet
    synonyms: become flat, pall
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  9. verb
    to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player
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    play
    participate in games or sport
  10. verb
    feel indifferent towards
    “She died to worldly things and eventually entered a monastery”
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    experience, feel
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  11. noun
    a device used for shaping metal
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    stamp
    a block or die used to imprint a mark or design
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    shaping tool
    a tool for shaping metal
  12. noun
    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
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    cutlery, cutter, cutting tool
    a cutting implement; a tool for cutting
  13. verb
    cut or shape with a die
    Die out leather for belts”
    synonyms: die out
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    cut out
    form and create by cutting out
  14. noun
    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
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    cube, square block
    a block in the (approximate) shape of a cube
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