- deathW1S1 [deθ] n[: Old English;]1.)a) [U]the end of the life of a person or animal≠ ↑birth death of▪ The death of his mother came as a tremendous shock.▪ Cancer is the leading cause of death in women.▪ How Danielle met her death (=died) will probably never be known.▪ His friend was close to death .▪ His family are still mourning John's tragic death .▪ the anniversary of Lenin's deathbleed/burn/starve etc to death▪ a homeless man who froze to deathbeat/stab/shoot etc sb to death▪ The 76-year-old pensioner was beaten to death.put/sentence/condemn sb to death(=kill someone or decide they should be killed as an official punishment)▪ Legend has it that Sarah was put to death for practising witchcraft.▪ Members of the family have received death threats .▪ He remained president until his untimely death (=death at a surprisingly young age ) in 1917.▪ Two of the passengers managed to escape death (=avoid being killed) .b)a particular case when someone dies≠ ↑birth▪ a campaign to reduce the number of traffic deathsdeath from▪ deaths from cancer▪ I heard there'd been a death in the family .2.) the death of sththe permanent end of something≠ ↑birth▪ The latest bombing is the death of all our hopes.▪ These regulations could spell the death (=lead to the end) of the American car industry.3.) to death informala) used to emphasize that a feeling or emotion is very strongbe bored/scared/frightened etc to death▪ She was scared to death of what might happen next.▪ I'm absolutely sick to death of it (=very angry, bored, or unhappy about something) .bore/scare/love etc sb to death▪ He drove at a speed which frightened Leonora to death.▪ She used to worry me to death.b) used to say that an action is continued with a lot of effort and for as long as possible▪ They just work you to death in that place.4.) do sth to death informalto perform or present an idea, joke etc so often that people become tired of it▪ Most of his material has been done to death by numerous comedians.5.) to the deatha) until someone is dead▪ They will fight to the death rather than give an inch of ground.▪ soldiers locked in a bitter struggle to the deathb) until you achieve something even if it means that you suffer▪ The leadership election has become a fight to the death.6.) Deatha creature that looks like a human ↑skeleton, used in paintings, stories etc to represent the fact that people die7.) be at death's doorto be very ill and likely to die8.) look/feel like death warmed upBrE look/feel like death warmed over AmE informal to look or feel very ill or tired9.) you'll catch your death (of cold)spoken old-fashioned used to warn someone that they are likely to become ill because they are wet or cold10.) sb will be the death of mespoken old-fashioned used to say that someone is causing you a lot of worry and problems▪ That boy will be the death of me!
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.