Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “dead”

See all translations

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)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “dead” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

work out

to exercise in order to improve the strength or appearance of your body

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More