Definition of dying in English:

dying

adjective

  • 1[attributive] On the point of death.

    ‘he visited his dying mother’
    • ‘When they finally found the daughter, the wife and grandparents refused to let her go to visit her dying father.’
    • ‘She looked over at her dying mother and felt tears once again swelling in her eyes.’
    • ‘Anyone who kills a dying person is liable to the death penalty as a common murderer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His own lost mother makes a cameo appearance in the memoir as a dying woman in Majdanek.’
    • ‘So how do you write a letter to your dying mother - a letter which both you and she know is basically a goodbye?’
    • ‘On the other hand, waking a dying person to inform them of their imminent demise goes against the principle of beneficence.’
    • ‘This uproarious comedy is about three Brothers who are brought together by the will of their dying father.’
    • ‘True, the exploits of a dying tramp and his smarter-than-Lassie dog do not strike one as immediately promising.’
    • ‘Sébastien is wounded and captured in battle, but his dying comrade, Dom Henrique, pretends to be the king.’
    • ‘Marmion described how, on one occasion, he had gone to the bedside of a dying man to help him prepare for death.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A Totton widow has pledged to fulfil a promise to her dying husband and continue his battle for justice after his death.’
    • ‘What is set up as a life and death struggle, a dying father at the mercy of experimental science, is left unresolved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Diane Keaton directs and stars in this patchy comic King Lear about a dying father and his three daughters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of the time the dying children are hidden under their mother's shawls to lend them some kind of dignity.’
    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’
      • ‘She would protect it, because it had been important enough for him to mention in his dying words.’
      • ‘His dying wish was for a trip to Lourdes with his daughter, Shannon.’
      • ‘What else could she do but accede to what amounted to his dying wish.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Everything that will happen happens because it is someone's last dying wish.’
      • ‘Renato murders him, but with his dying words Riccardo declares Amelia innocent and pardons his former friend.’
      • ‘She got as far as the airport before the dying words of her husband came back to haunt her.’
      • ‘His dying words and writing helped police catch the man suspected of killing him.’
    2. 1.2Gradually ceasing to exist or function; in decline and about to disappear.
      ‘stone-cutting is a dying art’
      ‘the dying embers of the fire’
      • ‘OK, I admit they are helping to keep alive the dying art of letter writing.’
      • ‘A philately workshop was also arranged to train children in this dying art.’
      • ‘You are advised to think twice about trying to fan the embers of a dying love affair.’
      • ‘Once upon a time there was a petty bourgeois intellectual born into the dying culture of a declining empire.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The dying embers of the fire flickered and he squinted to get a feel of his surroundings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Don't imagine that decipherment is a dying art - it is still very much alive and kicking.’
      • ‘You can explore glorious colour images of galaxies and the remnants of dying stars through an interactive jigsaw puzzle.’
      • ‘A piece of wood dropped on the dying embers in the fire soon burst into flame.’
      • ‘The dying afternoon sun catches her white hair and her simple white T-shirt.’
      • ‘White could feel the disappointment curling off of him like smoke from a dying flame.’
      • ‘Recent moves to revive the dying indigenous cultures have met with little success.’
      • ‘But contrary to being a dying art, brewing is flourishing north of the Border.’

Origin

Late 16th century: present participle of die.

Pronunciation:

dying

/ˈdīiNG/