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dead

adjective [not gradable]  /ded/ us  

dead adjective [not gradable] (NOT LIVING)

no longer living: dead leaves Local residents found the whale dead on the beach. If a piece of machinery or equipment is dead, it is no longer working: a dead battery The phone suddenly went dead. infml If you describe a place as dead, you mean there is not much activity there that interests you: I love my hometown, but as a teenager I always found it dead.

dead adjective [not gradable] (COMPLETE)

complete or exact: The conductor waited for dead silence before lifting his baton. He aimed for the dead center of the target.

dead

adverb [not gradable]  /ded/ us  

dead adverb [not gradable] (COMPLETELY)

completely or extremely: After a hard day’s work, I was dead tired.

dead

noun  /ded/ us  

dead noun (DEAD PEOPLE)

[pl] people who are no longer living: She did not know any of the names listed among the dead.

dead noun (DEEPEST PART)

[U] the deepest or most extreme part of something
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