die 1 (dī)
intr.v. died, dy·ing (dīĭng), diesPhrasal Verbs:
1. To stop living; become dead; expire: plants that died in the first frost of the season.
2. To cease existing, often gradually; fade: The sunlight died in the west.
3. To experience an intense, seemingly unbearable reaction to something: nearly died of embarrassment.
4. Informal To want something very much. Usually used in the progressive aspect: I am dying for a box of chocolates. She was dying to see the exhibit.
5. To stop working or operating: The motor died when we ran out of gas.
6. To become indifferent: had died to all worldly concerns.
die back Botany
To be affected by dieback.
To lose strength; subside: The winds died down.
To undergo a sudden, sharp decline in population: hypothesized that pesticides were causing bees to die off across the country.
To cease living or existing completely; become extinct: a theory that explains how the dinosaurs died out; customs that died out with the advent of technology.
1. To take a long time in passing out of existence: racial prejudices that die hard.
2. To resist against overwhelming, hopeless odds: radicalism that dies hard.
die on the vine
To fail, as from lack of support, especially at an early stage: a plan that died on the vine.
to die for Informal
Remarkable or highly desirable.
[Middle English dien, probably from Old Norse deyja; see dheu-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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