Definition of dying in US English:

dying

adjective

  • 1attributive On the point of death.

    ‘he visited his dying mother’
    • ‘Diane Keaton directs and stars in this patchy comic King Lear about a dying father and his three daughters.’
    • ‘A Totton widow has pledged to fulfil a promise to her dying husband and continue his battle for justice after his death.’
    • ‘This uproarious comedy is about three Brothers who are brought together by the will of their dying father.’
    • ‘Anyone who kills a dying person is liable to the death penalty as a common murderer.’
    • ‘True, the exploits of a dying tramp and his smarter-than-Lassie dog do not strike one as immediately promising.’
    • ‘She looked over at her dying mother and felt tears once again swelling in her eyes.’
    • ‘After the accident, Wilbur spent several years at home caring for his dying mother.’
    • ‘The bright sky shone down on the dying beast as its death knell rang in my ears.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of the time the dying children are hidden under their mother's shawls to lend them some kind of dignity.’
    • ‘When they finally found the daughter, the wife and grandparents refused to let her go to visit her dying father.’
    • ‘His own lost mother makes a cameo appearance in the memoir as a dying woman in Majdanek.’
    • ‘He was given a hardship discharge from services so that he could take care of his dying mother.’
    • ‘The murderer has secretly been allowed out of a top-security hospital to see his dying mother.’
    • ‘Marmion described how, on one occasion, he had gone to the bedside of a dying man to help him prepare for death.’
    • ‘On the other hand, waking a dying person to inform them of their imminent demise goes against the principle of beneficence.’
    • ‘What is set up as a life and death struggle, a dying father at the mercy of experimental science, is left unresolved.’
    • ‘So how do you write a letter to your dying mother - a letter which both you and she know is basically a goodbye?’
    • ‘Sébastien is wounded and captured in battle, but his dying comrade, Dom Henrique, pretends to be the king.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘His dying wish was for a trip to Lourdes with his daughter, Shannon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What else could she do but accede to what amounted to his dying wish.’
      • ‘She got as far as the airport before the dying words of her husband came back to haunt her.’
      • ‘Renato murders him, but with his dying words Riccardo declares Amelia innocent and pardons his former friend.’
      • ‘A former Surbiton resident is hoping to fulfil her mother's dying wish by finding her long-lost brother.’
      • ‘Lotte's dying words are an instruction to her daughter and her son Sam to ‘get the factory back’.’
      • ‘The dying words of a young woman were a description of her killer whispered to a policeman as he cradled her in his arms.’
      • ‘With this, she achieved her dying wish, to not be forgotten.’
      • ‘Everything that will happen happens because it is someone's last 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 dying embers of the fire’
      ‘stone-cutting is a dying art’
      • ‘Cultural societies should try to enhance our dying traditional art and dance forms.’
      • ‘It will wean us off the dying pillars of tourism and financial services.’
      • ‘The room was quite dark, for the dying embers on the hearth provided only a faint radiance.’
      • ‘You can explore glorious colour images of galaxies and the remnants of dying stars through an interactive jigsaw puzzle.’
      • ‘Recent moves to revive the dying indigenous cultures have met with little success.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She fell asleep in the dying light of sunset, sad and with a death on her conscience.’
      • ‘He saw her stirring the embers of the dying campfire and tiptoed stealthily up behind her.’
      • ‘But contrary to being a dying art, brewing is flourishing north of the Border.’
      • ‘The dying embers of the fire flickered and he squinted to get a feel of his surroundings.’
      • ‘OK, I admit they are helping to keep alive the dying art of letter writing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Once upon a time there was a petty bourgeois intellectual born into the dying culture of a declining empire.’
      • ‘She also teaches those who are eager to learn the skills, especially the dying art of beadwork.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘White could feel the disappointment curling off of him like smoke from a dying flame.’
      • ‘The dying afternoon sun catches her white hair and her simple white T-shirt.’
      • ‘Don't imagine that decipherment is a dying art - it is still very much alive and kicking.’
      • ‘A piece of wood dropped on the dying embers in the fire soon burst into flame.’
      declining, vanishing, fading, passing, ebbing, waning
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Phrases

  • to (or until) one's dying day

    • For the rest of one's life.

      ‘I shall remember that to my dying day’
      • ‘He later sold it to the firm on derisory terms, a decision he regretted to his dying day.’
      • ‘Moreover, his ideal was to continue correcting and improving his understanding to his dying day.’
      • ‘I'll remember the pool to my dying day - placid, swelling, dark water running between majestic pine trees.’
      • ‘To his dying day, in spite of his busy work load, he was a glutton for work.’
      • ‘I hold two people to blame and to my dying day I will hold them to blame.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To my dying day I will never forget the look on his face as he lost his seat.’
      • ‘That kind of thing is a pleasure, and I certainly don't regret if I'm associated with Wilde to my 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.’
      • ‘She and her husband would have to live with the knowledge of what happened to their daughter until their dying days.’

Origin

Late 16th century: present participle of die.

Pronunciation

dying

/ˈdaɪɪŋ//ˈdīiNG/