1. To pass from an animate to a lifeless state; to cease to live; to suffer a total and irreparable loss of action of the vital functions; to become dead; to expire; to perish; said of animals and vegetables; often with of, by, with, from, and rarely for, before the cause or occasion of death; as, to die of disease or hardships; to die by fire or the sword; to die with horror at the thought. To die by the roadside of grief and hunger. (Macaulay) She will die from want of care. (Tennyson)
4. To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc. His heart died within, and he became as a stone. (1 sam. Xxv. 37) The young men acknowledged, in love letters, that they died for Rebecca. (Tatler)
Origin: oe. Deyen, dien, of Scand. Origin; cf. Icel. Deyja; akin to dan. Doe, Sw. Do, goth. Diwan (cf. Goth. Afdjan to harass), OFries. Dia to kill, os. Doian to die, OHG. Touwen, OSlav. Daviti to choke, lith. Dovyti to torment. Cf. Dead, death.