v. (dies, died, dying) 1 cease to live; expire, lose vital force.
- a come to an end, fade away (his interest died). B cease to function. C (of a flame) go out.
- (foll. By on) die or cease to function while in the presence or charge of (a person).
- (usu. Foll. By of, from, with) be exhausted or tormented (nearly died of boredom). be dying (foll. By for, or to + infin.) Wish for longingly or intently (was dying for a drink). Die away fade to the point of extinction. Die back (of a plant) decay from the tip towards the root. Die down become fainter or weaker. Die hard die reluctantly (old habits die hard). Die off die one after another. Die out become extinct, cease to exist. [old norse]
- n. - = *dice 1b.
- (pl. Dies) a engraved device for stamping coins, medals, etc. B device for stamping, cutting, or moulding material. the die is cast an irrevocable step has been taken. [latin datum from do give]