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dead

adjective
 
 
/ded/
NOT ALIVE A2 not now alive: She's been dead for 20 years now. He was shot dead by a masked intruder. There were three children among the dead.Death and dying
EQUIPMENT B2 If a piece of equipment is dead, it is not working: a dead battery The phone suddenly went dead.Not functioning
QUIET informal If a place is dead, it is too quiet and nothing interesting is happening there.Tedious and uninspiring
COMPLETE [always before noun] complete: We waited in dead silence as the votes were counted.Complete and wholeVery and extreme
BODY mainly UK If part of your body is dead, you cannot feel it: My arm's gone dead.Touching and feelingShowing affection
wouldn't be caught/seen dead informal If someone wouldn't be caught dead in a place or doing something, they would never go there or do it, usually because it would be too embarrassing: [+ doing sth] I wouldn't be caught dead wearing a bikini.Yes, no and not
drop dead informal to die very suddenlyDeath and dying
(Definition of dead adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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