The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Die \Die\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Died; p. pr. & vb. n. Dying.]
[OE. deyen, dien, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. deyja; akin to
Dan. d["o]e, Sw. d["o], Goth. diwan (cf. Goth. afd?jan to
harass), OFries. d?ia to kill, OS. doian to die, OHG. touwen,
OSlav. daviti to choke, Lith. dovyti to torment. Cf. Dead,
1. To pass from an animate to a lifeless state; to cease to
live; to suffer a total and irreparable loss of action of
the vital functions; to become dead; to expire; to perish;
-- said of animals and vegetables; often with of, by,
with, from, and rarely for, before the cause or occasion
of death; as, to die of disease or hardships; to die by
fire or the sword; to die with horror at the thought.
To die by the roadside of grief and hunger.
She will die from want of care. --Tennyson.
2. To suffer death; to lose life.
In due time Christ died for the ungodly. --Rom. v.
3. To perish in any manner; to cease; to become lost or
extinct; to be extinguished.
Letting the secret die within his own breast.
Great deeds can not die. --Tennyson.
4. To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness,
discouragement, love, etc.
His heart died within, and he became as a stone. --1
Sam. xxv. 37.
The young men acknowledged, in love letters, that
they died for Rebecca. --Tatler.
5. To become indifferent; to cease to be subject; as, to die
to pleasure or to sin.
6. To recede and grow fainter; to become imperceptible; to
vanish; -- often with out or away.
Blemishes may die away and disappear amidst the
7. (Arch.) To disappear gradually in another surface, as
where moldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.
8. To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor.
To die in the last ditch, to fight till death; to die
rather than surrender.
"There is one certain way," replied the Prince
[William of Orange] " by which I can be sure never
to see my country's ruin, -- I will die in the last
ditch." --Hume (Hist.
of Eng. ).
To die out, to cease gradually; as, the prejudice has died
Syn: To expire; decease; perish; depart; vanish.