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Meaning & Definition of Dead in English

English

Dead

/dɛd/

noun

1. People who are no longer living

  • "They buried the dead"
    synonym:
  • dead

2. A time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense

  • "The dead of winter"
    synonym:
  • dead

adjective

1. No longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life

  • "The nerve is dead"
  • "A dead pallor"
  • "He was marked as a dead man by the assassin"
    synonym:
  • dead

2. Not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life

  • No longer exerting force or having energy or heat
  • "Mars is a dead planet"
  • "Dead soil"
  • "Dead coals"
  • "The fire is dead"
    synonym:
  • dead

3. Very tired

  • "Was all in at the end of the day"
  • "So beat i could flop down and go to sleep anywhere"
  • "Bushed after all that exercise"
  • "I'm dead after that long trip"
    synonym:
  • all in(p)
  • ,
  • beat(p)
  • ,
  • bushed(p)
  • ,
  • dead(p)

4. Unerringly accurate

  • "A dead shot"
  • "Took dead aim"
    synonym:
  • dead

5. Physically inactive

  • "Crater lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the cascade range"
    synonym:
  • dead

6. (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity

  • Unresponsive
  • "Passersby were dead to our plea for help"
  • "Numb to the cries for mercy"
    synonym:
  • dead(p)
  • ,
  • numb(p)

7. Devoid of physical sensation

  • Numb
  • "His gums were dead from the novocain"
  • "She felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth"
  • "A public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities"
    synonym:
  • dead
  • ,
  • deadened

8. Lacking acoustic resonance

  • "Dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs"
  • "The dead wall surfaces of a recording studio"
    synonym:
  • dead

9. Not yielding a return

  • "Dead capital"
  • "Idle funds"
    synonym:
  • dead
  • ,
  • idle

10. Not circulating or flowing

  • "Dead air"
  • "Dead water"
  • "Stagnant water"
    synonym:
  • dead(a)
  • ,
  • stagnant

11. Not surviving in active use

  • "Latin is a dead language"
    synonym:
  • dead

12. Lacking resilience or bounce

  • "A dead tennis ball"
    synonym:
  • dead

13. Out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown

  • "A dead telephone line"
  • "The motor is dead"
    synonym:
  • dead

14. No longer having force or relevance

  • "A dead issue"
    synonym:
  • dead

15. Complete

  • "Came to a dead stop"
  • "Utter seriousness"
    synonym:
  • dead(a)
  • ,
  • utter

16. Drained of electric charge

  • Discharged
  • "A dead battery"
  • "Left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained"
    synonym:
  • dead
  • ,
  • drained

17. Devoid of activity

  • "This is a dead town
  • Nothing ever happens here"
    synonym:
  • dead

adverb

1. Quickly and without warning

  • "He stopped suddenly"
    synonym:
  • abruptly
  • ,
  • suddenly
  • ,
  • short
  • ,
  • dead

2. Completely and without qualification

  • Used informally as intensifiers
  • "An absolutely magnificent painting"
  • "A perfectly idiotic idea"
  • "You're perfectly right"
  • "Utterly miserable"
  • "You can be dead sure of my innocence"
  • "Was dead tired"
  • "Dead right"
    synonym:
  • absolutely
  • ,
  • perfectly
  • ,
  • utterly
  • ,
  • dead

Examples of using

One more word, and you're dead!
We assumed you were dead.
But for the modern medicine, I'd have been dead.