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dead

adjective uk   /ded/ us  

dead adjective (NOT LIVING)

A2 not now living: She's been dead for 20 years now. The motorcyclist was dead on arrival at the hospital. He was shot dead (= killed by shooting) outside his home.C2 mainly UK If a part of your body is dead, you cannot feel it: I've been sitting with my legs crossed for so long, my right leg has gone dead.
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dead adjective (NOT IN USE)

UK If glasses and bottles that were previously full are dead, they are now empty. In some sports, if a ball is dead, it is outside the area of play.

dead adjective (BORING)

C2 If a place is dead, it is too quiet and nothing interesting happens there: The city centre is quite lively during the day, but it's totally dead at night.

dead adjective (EQUIPMENT)

B2 If a piece of equipment is dead, it is not working: a dead battery The phone suddenly went dead.

dead

adjective [before noun], adverb uk   /ded/ us  
C1 complete(ly): The conductor waited for dead silence before commencing the performance. The post office is dead (= straight) ahead. Aim for the dead (= exact) centre of the target. I always try to arrive dead (= exactly) on time. UK informal very: The exam was dead easy. I'm dead hungry. "How was the film?" "It was dead good."dead set against (doing) sth ( UK also dead against (doing) sth) to be completely opposed to something: He's dead set against living in the city. You won't be able to change his mind - he's dead against the plan.dead set on (doing) sth to be very determined to do or have something: Martha's dead set on having a new bike.

dead

noun uk   /ded/ us  
the dead [plural] dead people: Three children were among the dead. A ceasefire has been called to allow the survivors to bury their dead.
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