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From my perspective, there's no reason to be afraid of aging, because if you age, you're lucky! The alternative is death.
Drew Barrymore

Meaning of "death" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DEATH

Old English dēath; related to Old High German tōd death, Gothic dauthus.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF DEATH

death  [dɛθ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DEATH

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Death is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES DEATH MEAN IN ENGLISH?

death

Death

Death is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include biological aging, predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, homicide and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. In society, the nature of death and humanity's awareness of its own mortality has for millennia been a concern of the world's religious traditions and of philosophical inquiry. This includes belief in resurrection, reincarnation or rebirth, or that consciousness permanently ceases to exist, known as eternal oblivion. Commemoration ceremonies after death may include various mourning, funeral practices and ceremonies of honouring the deceased. The physical remains of a person, commonly known as a corpse or body, are usually interred whole or cremated, though among the world's cultures there are a variety of other methods of mortuary disposal. In the English language, blessings directed towards a dead person include rest in peace, or its initialism RIP.

Definition of death in the English dictionary

The first definition of death in the dictionary is the permanent end of all functions of life in an organism or some of its cellular components. Other definition of death is an instance of this. Death is also a murder or killing.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DEATH

deaspiration
death adder
death angel
death bell
death benefit
death blow
death by chocolate
death by misadventure
death camass
death camp
death cap
death cell
death certificate
death cup
death duties
death duty
death futures
death grant
death house
death knell

WORDS THAT END LIKE DEATH

beneath
breath
heath
in at the death
in the same breath
life-and-death
life-or-death
Meath
neath
out of breath
put to death
sheath
shortness of breath
sudden death
to death
underneath
wall of death
Westmeath
with bated breath
wreath

Synonyms and antonyms of death in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DEATH»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «death» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of death

Translation of «death» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DEATH

Find out the translation of death to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of death from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «death» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

死亡
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

muerte
570 millions of speakers

English

death
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

मौत
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مَوْت
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

смерть
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

morte
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মরণ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

mort
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kematian
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Tod
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

죽음
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Mati
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cái chết
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மரணம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मृत्यू
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

ölüm
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

morte
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

śmierć
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

смерть
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

moarte
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

θάνατος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

dood
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

död
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

dødsfall
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of death

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DEATH»

The term «death» is very widely used and occupies the 1.812 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DEATH» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «death» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «death» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about death

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10 QUOTES WITH «DEATH»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word death.
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Aberjhani
The political, social, and spiritual impact of the life example set by Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela might be measured in part by the profound and unique gestures made by people in different countries to honor his life upon learning of his death.
2
John Andre
I am reconciled to my death, but I detest the mode.
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Drew Barrymore
From my perspective, there's no reason to be afraid of aging, because if you age, you're lucky! The alternative is death.
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Daniel Boone
We were then in a dangerous, helpless situation, exposed daily to perils and death amongst savages and wild beasts, not a white man in the country but ourselves.
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James Bovard
With attention deficit democracy, I am trying to wake up people to how the combination of mass ignorance, fear mongering by the government, and lying politicians is putting our entire system of government to a death spiral.
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Darren Boyd
Sometimes, and I hate to say it, you do feel things are asked for in the most ludicrously unrealistic fashion. The time you are expected to make things in, and the money you are expected to make them for - that is the death of creativity. Just because some things can be made very cheaply does not mean everything can be.
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Benjamin Bratt
The one thing for an actor that is complete death is if you're bored, because that boredom will show in your work.
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Aimee Carter
'Harry Potter' changed my life in more ways than one, and it helped me get through my mother's death.
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Giacomo Casanova
I am bound to add that the excess in too little has ever proved in me more dangerous than the excess in too much; the last may cause indigestion, but the first causes death.
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Jim Caviezel
No, the people standing before Christ and Pilate during the judgment scene do not condemn an entire race for the death of Christ anymore than the actions of Mussolini condemn all Italians, or the heinous crimes of Stalin condemn all Russians.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DEATH»

Discover the use of death in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to death and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Death: The Final Stage
Ours is a death-denying society. But death is inevitable, and we must face the question of how to deal with it. Coming to terms with our own finiteness helps us discover life's true meaning. Why do we treat death as a taboo?
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, 2009
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Death
Examines the myriad of questions that arise when confronting the meaning of mortality, challenging many widely-held views about death and inviting readers to take a fresh look at the fact that they will die.
Shelly Kagan, 2012
3
Death: Antiquity and Its Legacy
Mario Erasmo creatively explores the nexus between classical and contemporary approaches to dying, death and interment.
Mario Erasmo, 2012
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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of ...
Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of entertainment.
Neil Postman, 2005
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Death
However, in this book the philosopher Todd May seeks to confront death in its power and considers the possibility that our mortal deaths are the end of us, and asks what this might mean for our living.
Todd May, 2009
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Death
In the five stories in this volume, Zola describes the circumstances surrounding the deaths of five people from very different social contexts.
Emile Zola, Andrew Moore, 2008
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Death: The Great Adventure
Resurrection is the keynote of nature; death is not. Death is only the ante-chamber of resurrection.
Alice A. Bailey, 1985
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Death
Contains two stories based on difficult situations such as death, divorce, going into hospital and moving house.
Janine Amos, Howard Davies, 2007
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Constructing Death: The Sociology of Dying and Bereavement
By analysing the experiences of dying and bereaved people, as well as institutional responses to death, Clive Seale shows its importance for understanding the place of embodiment in social life.
Clive Seale, 1998
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Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable...About Solving the ...
Insightful. Practical. Ready-to-implement solutions. If you lead people, you can’t afford to miss this book.
Patrick M. Lencioni, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DEATH»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term death is used in the context of the following news items.
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Arrests made in Crown Heights stabbing death of 17-year-old
CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — A man and a woman have been arrested in the June stabbing death of a teen who was killed during an ... «New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV, Jul 15»
2
Death by selfie? Russian police release brochure after spate of fatal …
(CNN) Russian police are warning the public of a new danger: Death by selfie. The country's police force is advocating for people to take 'safe ... «CNN, Jul 15»
3
British coroner says mystery of Dubai death-fall teenager will remain …
SURREY, UK // The death of a popular teenager who plunged more than 30 metres from the 11th floor of a residential building in Dubai after a ... «The National, Jul 15»
4
Share “Utah doctor convicted in ex-wife's death...”
Earlier this year, a jury found Wall guilty of murder in the 2011 death of his wife, Uta von Schwedler. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File). «NewsOK.com, Jul 15»
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Drug and drink driver jailed for Xana Doyle death crash
A man who crashed a car while high on cocaine has been jailed for eight years for causing a teenager's death. Sakhawat Ali crashed on Usk ... «BBC News, Jul 15»
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'I'm Starving to Death and I Can't Help It': This 32-Year-Old Woman Is …
When Lisa Brown was in her late 20s, she was rapidly checking off every major goal she had in life – graduate from college with honors, go to ... «People Magazine, Jul 15»
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The Death of the Hippies
In 1967, just after the Summer of Love, The Atlantic published “The Flowering of the Hippies,” a profile of San Francisco's new youth culture. «The Atlantic, Jul 15»
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Teen faces life in prison in Utah deputy's death
Grunwald is ineligible for the death penalty because she was 17 when it happened. The shootout and chase started when Wride happened ... «Yahoo News, Jul 15»
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The Woman Who Made Death a Conversation Starter
The idea that the dying might have something to teach the living seems self-evident. After all, as the psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross put it, ... «TIME, Jul 15»
10
Man hacked to death in savage sword attack in Kilmarnock
A murder inquiry has been launched after a man was hacked to death in a savage sword attack. Jason Bryden, also known as Jason Dunlop, ... «Metro, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Death [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/death>. Feb 2020 ».
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