Definition of dying in English:



  • 1On the point of death.

    ‘he visited his dying mother’
    • ‘On the Wednesday after being up all night I was asked by a neighbour to drive her to Leeds to be with her dying mother.’
    • ‘Sébastien is wounded and captured in battle, but his dying comrade, Dom Henrique, pretends to be the king.’
    • ‘Diane Keaton directs and stars in this patchy comic King Lear about a dying father and his three daughters.’
    • ‘When they finally found the daughter, the wife and grandparents refused to let her go to visit her dying father.’
    • ‘So how do you write a letter to your dying mother - a letter which both you and she know is basically a goodbye?’
    • ‘Marmion described how, on one occasion, he had gone to the bedside of a dying man to help him prepare for death.’
    • ‘The bright sky shone down on the dying beast as its death knell rang in my ears.’
    • ‘True, the exploits of a dying tramp and his smarter-than-Lassie dog do not strike one as immediately promising.’
    • ‘This uproarious comedy is about three Brothers who are brought together by the will of their dying father.’
    • ‘What is set up as a life and death struggle, a dying father at the mercy of experimental science, is left unresolved.’
    • ‘The murderer has secretly been allowed out of a top-security hospital to see his dying mother.’
    • ‘He was given a hardship discharge from services so that he could take care of his dying mother.’
    • ‘Anyone who kills a dying person is liable to the death penalty as a common murderer.’
    • ‘After the accident, Wilbur spent several years at home caring for his dying mother.’
    • ‘A Totton widow has pledged to fulfil a promise to her dying husband and continue his battle for justice after his death.’
    • ‘His own lost mother makes a cameo appearance in the memoir as a dying woman in Majdanek.’
    • ‘Most of the time the dying children are hidden under their mother's shawls to lend them some kind of dignity.’
    • ‘She looked over at her dying mother and felt tears once again swelling in her eyes.’
    • ‘She means that we, the media, are too early to capture iconic images of dying children and that she, the aid worker, is too late to stop it.’
    • ‘On the other hand, waking a dying person to inform them of their imminent demise goes against the principle of beneficence.’
    terminally ill, at death's door, on one's deathbed, in the jaws of death, on the point of death, near death, passing away, fading fast, sinking fast, expiring, moribund, breathing one's last, not long for this world
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    1. 1.1 Occurring at or connected with the time that someone dies.
      ‘he strained to catch her dying words’
      • ‘Renato murders him, but with his dying words Riccardo declares Amelia innocent and pardons his former friend.’
      • ‘Lotte's dying words are an instruction to her daughter and her son Sam to ‘get the factory back’.’
      • ‘His dying words and writing helped police catch the man suspected of killing him.’
      • ‘She would protect it, because it had been important enough for him to mention in his dying words.’
      • ‘A former Surbiton resident is hoping to fulfil her mother's dying wish by finding her long-lost brother.’
      • ‘The dying words of a young woman were a description of her killer whispered to a policeman as he cradled her in his arms.’
      • ‘His dying wish was for a trip to Lourdes with his daughter, Shannon.’
      • ‘With this, she achieved her dying wish, to not be forgotten.’
      • ‘Everything that will happen happens because it is someone's last dying wish.’
      • ‘She got as far as the airport before the dying words of her husband came back to haunt her.’
      • ‘What else could she do but accede to what amounted to his dying wish.’
      final, last, departing
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    2. 1.2 Gradually ceasing to exist or function; in decline and about to disappear.
      ‘the making of valves is a dying art’
      ‘the dying embers of the fire’
      • ‘Don't imagine that decipherment is a dying art - it is still very much alive and kicking.’
      • ‘She fell asleep in the dying light of sunset, sad and with a death on her conscience.’
      • ‘Once upon a time there was a petty bourgeois intellectual born into the dying culture of a declining empire.’
      • ‘But contrary to being a dying art, brewing is flourishing north of the Border.’
      • ‘You can explore glorious colour images of galaxies and the remnants of dying stars through an interactive jigsaw puzzle.’
      • ‘He saw her stirring the embers of the dying campfire and tiptoed stealthily up behind her.’
      • ‘OK, I admit they are helping to keep alive the dying art of letter writing.’
      • ‘The room was quite dark, for the dying embers on the hearth provided only a faint radiance.’
      • ‘It will wean us off the dying pillars of tourism and financial services.’
      • ‘She also teaches those who are eager to learn the skills, especially the dying art of beadwork.’
      • ‘Recent moves to revive the dying indigenous cultures have met with little success.’
      • ‘Long ago I was told by an older and worldly wise relative that lying was a dying art, in spite of apparent evidence to the contrary.’
      • ‘The dying afternoon sun catches her white hair and her simple white T-shirt.’
      • ‘You are advised to think twice about trying to fan the embers of a dying love affair.’
      • ‘A philately workshop was also arranged to train children in this dying art.’
      • ‘The dying embers of the fire flickered and he squinted to get a feel of his surroundings.’
      • ‘A piece of wood dropped on the dying embers in the fire soon burst into flame.’
      • ‘White could feel the disappointment curling off of him like smoke from a dying flame.’
      • ‘They have come together for a journey across the South and East of India to revive what they say is a dying form of art.’
      • ‘Cultural societies should try to enhance our dying traditional art and dance forms.’
      declining, vanishing, fading, passing, ebbing, waning
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    3. 1.3 (of a period of time) final; closing.
      ‘the dying moments of the match’
      • ‘The various candidates had been busy rallying support in the dying moments before the polls closed.’
      • ‘Tindal almost grabbed a spectacular second in the dying seconds.’
      • ‘Reid was very close to doubling the lead in the dying moments when he hit a fierce shot following a Whatmore knock down.’
      • ‘In the dying minutes a mix-up in Barnsleys defence saw Creber snatch the ball in mid-air and gallop over for his third try.’
      • ‘Australia closed down the defending champions in the dying moments of the first quarter despite some wayward shooting.’
      • ‘Both sides served a game of the highest standard with Portlaoise snatching victory in the dying minutes.’
      • ‘Henrik Larsson squandered a chance to win the game in the dying moments when he hooked a shot across the face of the goal.’
      • ‘In the dying months of the boom, Beggs put together the deal with virtually no personal cash.’
      • ‘My first bad run-in with the university administration occurred in the dying days of my first year.’
      • ‘Flash forward to the early days in Dublin, and the pizza that we had one evening in the dying days of the Indian summer last year.’
      • ‘Then Thomas stepped in with a drop goal and had the final word, scoring nine points in the dying minutes.’
      • ‘Cygan then sealed victory with his second in the dying minutes.’
      • ‘Tasmania, just seven points down, surged forward in the dying moments of the game.’
      • ‘Windermere who had the last word from a short corner in the dying seconds.’
      • ‘Derry missed the chance of winning when they had a penalty saved in the dying moments.’
      • ‘In his dying days as a player, he became somewhat of a journeyman, playing in Bolivia and Venezuela.’
      • ‘In Nice, in the dying days of December, Europe faltered over the direction it was taking.’
      • ‘If Lady Luck were a bit kinder to them they would have been out of sight as we entered those heart throbbing dying minutes.’
      • ‘We thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Maxi's Restaurant in the dying days of the last Millennium - until we got the bill.’
      • ‘He tried to make amends in the dying seconds of the half, setting a clever pass into the run of Ross Hamilton.’


  • to (or until) one's dying day

    • For the rest of one's life.

      ‘he will regret that decision to his dying day’
      • ‘Two strikers, one English and one French, will be called up onto the stage to collect trophies that they will cherish to their dying day.’
      • ‘I hold two people to blame and to my dying day I will hold them to blame.’
      • ‘Moreover, his ideal was to continue correcting and improving his understanding to his dying day.’
      • ‘That kind of thing is a pleasure, and I certainly don't regret if I'm associated with Wilde to my dying day.’
      • ‘To his dying day, in spite of his busy work load, he was a glutton for work.’
      • ‘She and her husband would have to live with the knowledge of what happened to their daughter until their dying days.’
      • ‘To my dying day I will never forget the look on his face as he lost his seat.’
      • ‘I'll remember the pool to my dying day - placid, swelling, dark water running between majestic pine trees.’
      • ‘He later sold it to the firm on derisory terms, a decision he regretted to his dying day.’
      • ‘Now, I am going to state up front that I am and will be until my dying day one of ‘those New Age types’ even though that classification doesn't quite fit.’


Late 16th century: present participle of die.