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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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
brightness. --Spectator.

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.

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