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"dead" in British English

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deadadjective

uk   /ded/  us   /ded/
  • 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.

deadadjective [before noun], adverb

uk   /ded/  us   /ded/
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.

deadnoun

uk   /ded/  us   /ded/
(Definition of dead from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dead" in American English

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deadadjective [not gradable]

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

deadadverb [not gradable]

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

deadnoun

 us   /ded/
  • 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
(Definition of dead from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dead" in Business English

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deadadjective

uk   us   /ded/
no longer existing, or no longer having success or making progress: Some believe that employee loyalty to organizations is dead because lifetime employment is no longer possible. The online service attracted far fewer customers than predicted and is practically dead, analysts said. She saved a nearly dead $250 million deal to renovate the downtown area.
if a place is dead, nothing is happening there: Taxi drivers reported that business was slow and the airport has been dead.
used to describe a machine or equipment that has stopped working: go dead The phone line went dead.
dead in the water
having failed and very unlikely to have any success in the future: Mr Winters said his plans for a management buyout were dead in the water.
(Definition of dead from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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