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1‘he was eighteen when his mother died’
pass away, pass on, lose one's life, depart this life, expire, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, meet one's end, meet one's death, lay down one's life, be no more, perish, be lost, go the way of the flesh, go the way of all flesh, go to glory, go to one's last resting place, go to meet one's maker, cross the great divide, cross the Styx
informal give up the ghost, kick the bucket, bite the dust, croak, flatline, conk out, buy it, turn up one's toes, cash in one's chips, go belly up, shuffle off this mortal coil, go the way of the dinosaurs
push up the daisies, be six feet under
British informal snuff it, peg out, pop one's clogs, hop the stick, hop the twig
North American informal bite the big one, buy the farm, check out, hand in one's dinner pail
NZ Australian informal go bung
2‘the last hope that there had been some mistake died’
fade, fall away, dwindle, melt away, dissolve, subside, decline, sink, lapse, ebb, wane, wilt, wither, evanesce, come to an end, end, vanish, disappear
3‘the car gave a stutter and the engine died’
fail, cut out, give out, stop, halt, break down, stop working, cease to function
peter out, fizzle out, run down, fade away, lose power
conk out, go kaput, give up the ghost, go phut
British pack up
4‘I'm going to die of boredom in this place’
be overcome with, be overwhelmed by, be overpowered by, collapse with, succumb to
5‘she's just dying to meet you’
be very eager, be very keen, be desperate, long, yearn, burn, ache, itch
have a yen, yen
‘we sheltered until the wind had died down’
abate, subside, drop, drop off, drop away, fall away, lessen, let up, decrease, diminish, moderate, decline, fade, dwindle, slacken, recede, tail off, peter out, taper off, wane, ebb, relent, become weaker, weaken, come to an end
‘the trout population could die out completely’
become extinct, vanish, disappear, cease to be, cease to exist, be no more, perish, pass into oblivion
become less common, become rarer, dwindle, peter out
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