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." -- Macaulay.
"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. 6.
3. To perish in any manner; to cease; to become lost or extinct; to be extinguished.
"Letting the secret die within his own breast." -- Spectator.
"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 out.
Syn. -- To expire; decease; perish; depart; vanish.