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Etymology

Old English dēad.

Pronunciation

Adjective

dead (comparative er, superlative est)

Positive
dead

Comparative
er

Superlative
est

  1. (not comparable) No longer living.
    All of my grandparents are dead.
  2. Figuratively, not alive; lacking life
    • 1600, w:William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act III, Scene 3
      "When a man's verses cannot be understood, nor a man's good wit seconded with the forward child, understanding, it strikes a man more dead than a great reckoning in a little room."
  3. (not comparable) (Of another person) So hated by that they are absolutely ignored.
    He is dead to me.
  4. (not comparable) Fully and completely motionless.
    Come to a dead stop.
  5. Without emotion.
    She stood with dead face and limp arms, unresponsive to my plea.
  6. (not comparable) (Of a machine, device, or electrical circuit) Completely inactive; without power.
    Ok, the circuit’s dead. Go ahead and cut the wire.
    Now that the motor’s dead you can reach in and extract the spark plugs.
  7. (not comparable) Broken or inoperable.
    That monitor is dead; don’t bother hooking it up.
  8. (not comparable) No longer used or required.
    There are several dead laws still on the books regulating where horses may be hitched.
    Is this beer glass dead ?
  9. (not comparable) (sports) Not in play.
    Once the ball crosses the foul line, it’s dead.
  10. (not comparable) (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An 1800s baseball term meaning a player who is tagged out.

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Noun

Singular
dead

Plural
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dead ({{{1}}})
  1. singular Time when coldness, darkness, or stillness is most intense.
    The dead of night. The dead of winter.
  2. plural Those who have died.
    Have respect for the dead.

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Adverb

dead (not comparable)

Positive
dead

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Exactly right.
    He hit the target dead in the centre.
  2. (slang) Very, absolutely, extremely, suddenly.
    She’s dead sexy.
    He’s dead stupid.
    I’m dead tired.
    That’s dead sure!

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to dead

Third person singular
dead

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ed

to dead (third-person singular simple present dead, present participle ed, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) to prevent by disabling; stop
    • 1826: The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Edward Reynolds, Lord Bishop of Norwich, collected by Edward Reynolds, Benedict Riveley, and Alexander Chalmers. pp. 227. London: B. Holdsworth.
      “What a man should do, when finds his natural impotency dead him in spiritual works”

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Old English

Etymology

Common Germanic *daudhaz

Adjective

dēad

  1. dead

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