Definition of dying in English:



  • 1On the point of death.

    ‘he visited his dying mother’
    • ‘Sébastien is wounded and captured in battle, but his dying comrade, Dom Henrique, pretends to be the king.’
    • ‘What is set up as a life and death struggle, a dying father at the mercy of experimental science, is left unresolved.’
    • ‘Marmion described how, on one occasion, he had gone to the bedside of a dying man to help him prepare for death.’
    • ‘This uproarious comedy is about three Brothers who are brought together by the will of their dying father.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The bright sky shone down on the dying beast as its death knell rang in my ears.’
    • ‘She looked over at her dying mother and felt tears once again swelling in her eyes.’
    • ‘True, the exploits of a dying tramp and his smarter-than-Lassie dog do not strike one as immediately promising.’
    • ‘The murderer has secretly been allowed out of a top-security hospital to see his dying mother.’
    • ‘Anyone who kills a dying person is liable to the death penalty as a common murderer.’
    • ‘Most of the time the dying children are hidden under their mother's shawls to lend them some kind of dignity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the other hand, waking a dying person to inform them of their imminent demise goes against the principle of beneficence.’
    • ‘He was given a hardship discharge from services so that he could take care of his dying mother.’
    • ‘His own lost mother makes a cameo appearance in the memoir as a dying woman in Majdanek.’
    • ‘After the accident, Wilbur spent several years at home caring for his dying mother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A Totton widow has pledged to fulfil a promise to her dying husband and continue his battle for justice after his death.’
    • ‘Diane Keaton directs and stars in this patchy comic King Lear about a dying father and his three daughters.’
    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. 1.1Occurring at or connected with the time that someone dies.
      ‘he strained to catch her dying words’
      • ‘The dying words of a young woman were a description of her killer whispered to a policeman as he cradled her in his arms.’
      • ‘Lotte's dying words are an instruction to her daughter and her son Sam to ‘get the factory back’.’
      • ‘What else could she do but accede to what amounted to his dying wish.’
      • ‘Renato murders him, but with his dying words Riccardo declares Amelia innocent and pardons his former friend.’
      • ‘His dying wish was for a trip to Lourdes with his daughter, Shannon.’
      • ‘A former Surbiton resident is hoping to fulfil her mother's dying wish by finding her long-lost brother.’
      • ‘With this, she achieved her dying wish, to not be forgotten.’
      • ‘She would protect it, because it had been important enough for him to mention in his dying words.’
      • ‘His dying words and writing helped police catch the man suspected of killing him.’
      • ‘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.’
      final, last, departing
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    2. 1.2Gradually 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’
      • ‘The dying afternoon sun catches her white hair and her simple white T-shirt.’
      • ‘Once upon a time there was a petty bourgeois intellectual born into the dying culture of a declining empire.’
      • ‘White could feel the disappointment curling off of him like smoke from a dying flame.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The dying embers of the fire flickered and he squinted to get a feel of his surroundings.’
      • ‘A philately workshop was also arranged to train children in this dying art.’
      • ‘Recent moves to revive the dying indigenous cultures have met with little success.’
      • ‘He saw her stirring the embers of the dying campfire and tiptoed stealthily up behind her.’
      • ‘She also teaches those who are eager to learn the skills, especially the dying art of beadwork.’
      • ‘Cultural societies should try to enhance our dying traditional art and dance forms.’
      • ‘You are advised to think twice about trying to fan the embers of a dying love affair.’
      • ‘OK, I admit they are helping to keep alive the dying art of letter writing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She fell asleep in the dying light of sunset, sad and with a death on her conscience.’
      • ‘A piece of wood dropped on the dying embers in the fire soon burst into flame.’
      • ‘Don't imagine that decipherment is a dying art - it is still very much alive and kicking.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘Henrik Larsson squandered a chance to win the game in the dying moments when he hooked a shot across the face of the goal.’
      • ‘Tasmania, just seven points down, surged forward in the dying moments of the game.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In Nice, in the dying days of December, Europe faltered over the direction it was taking.’
      • ‘Then Thomas stepped in with a drop goal and had the final word, scoring nine points in the dying minutes.’
      • ‘Both sides served a game of the highest standard with Portlaoise snatching victory in the dying minutes.’
      • ‘Reid was very close to doubling the lead in the dying moments when he hit a fierce shot following a Whatmore knock down.’
      • ‘Tindal almost grabbed a spectacular second in the dying seconds.’
      • ‘Cygan then sealed victory with his second in the dying minutes.’
      • ‘My first bad run-in with the university administration occurred in the dying days of my first year.’
      • ‘In his dying days as a player, he became somewhat of a journeyman, playing in Bolivia and Venezuela.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Maxi's Restaurant in the dying days of the last Millennium - until we got the bill.’
      • ‘If Lady Luck were a bit kinder to them they would have been out of sight as we entered those heart throbbing dying minutes.’
      • ‘In the dying months of the boom, Beggs put together the deal with virtually no personal cash.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The various candidates had been busy rallying support in the dying moments before the polls closed.’
      • ‘He tried to make amends in the dying seconds of the half, setting a clever pass into the run of Ross Hamilton.’


Late 16th century: present participle of die.