Meaning of “death” in the English Dictionary

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"death" in British English

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deathnoun [ C or U ]

uk /deθ/ us /deθ/

B1 the end of life:

The disease causes thousands of deaths a year.
Do you believe in life after death?
He never got over the death of his daughter.
death threats
bored, frightened, etc. to death
to death

C2 until you die:

The animals burned to death in the barn.
He choked to death on a fish bone.
The traitor was put to death (= killed as a punishment).
the death of sb/sth

the cause of the end of life, or the end or destruction of something:

The failure of the family business was the death of him.
That child will be the death of me (= is always doing something which upsets me)!

More examples

  • She reacted surprisingly calmly to the news of his death.
  • Following her son's death, she became quiet and withdrawn and rarely went out.
  • He was jailed for 15 years for stabbing his wife to death.
  • He gave a slight shudder as he considered how near he had come to death.
  • The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

(Definition of “death” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"death" in American English

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deathnoun [ C/U ]

us /deθ/

the end of life:

[ U ] I hope she finds the peace in death she never found in life.
[ U ] Fire ants stung a woman to death (= caused her to die).

Idiom(s)

(Definition of “death” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)