Definition for DIE

DIE, v.i. [Sw. ; Dan. döer. This appears to be a contracted word, and the radical letter lost is not obvious. The word dye, to tinge, is contracted from Dg. and the Arabic root signifies not only to tinge, but to perish; which circumstances would lead one to infer that they are radically one word, and that the primary sense is to plunge, fall or sink. The Saxon deadian is evidently a derivative of the participle dead. See Dye.]

  1. To be deprived of respiration, of the circulation of blood, and other bodily functions, and rendered incapable of resuscitation, as animals, either by natural decay, by disease, or by violence; to cease to live; to expire; to decease; to perish; and with respect to man, to depart from this world. All the first born in the land of Egypt shall die. – Ex. xi. The fish that is in the river shall die. – Ex. vii. This word is followed by of or by. Men die of disease; of a fever; of sickness; of a fall; of grief. They die by the sword; by famine; by pestilence; by violence, by sickness, by disease. In some cases, custom has established the use of the one, to the exclusion of the other; but in many cases, either by or of may be used at the pleasure of the writer or speaker. The use of for, he died for thirst, is not elegant nor common.
  2. To be punished with death; to lose life for a crime, or for the sake of another. I will relieve my master, if I die for it. Christ died for the ungodly. – Rom. v. Christ died for our sins. – 1 Cor. xv.
  3. To come to an end; to cease; to be lost; to perish or come to nothing; as, let the secret die in your own breast.
  4. To sink; to faint. His heart died within him, and he became as a stone. – 1 Sam. xxv.
  5. To languish with pleasure or tenderness; followed by away. To sounds of heavenly harp she dies away. – Pope.
  6. To languish with affection. The young men acknowledged that they died for Rebecca. – Tatler.
  7. To recede as sound, and become less distinct; to become less and less; or to vanish from the sight, or disappear gradually. Sound or color dies away.
  8. To lose vegetable life; to wither; to perish; as plants or seeds. Plants die for want of water. Some plants die annually.
  9. To become vapid or spiritless, as liquors; mostly used in the participle, as the cider or beer is dead.
  10. In theology, to perish everlastingly; to suffer divine wrath and punishment in the future world.
  11. To become indifferent to, or to cease so be under the power of; as, to die to sin.
  12. To endure great danger and distress. I die daily. – 1 Cor. xv. To die away, to decrease gradually; to cease to blow; as, the wind dies away.

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