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Definition of 'dead'


  1. people who are no longer living; "they buried the dead"
       Antonyms: living
  2. a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense; "the dead of winter"


  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"
       Antonyms: alive live
  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"; "a dead battery"; "dead soil"; "dead coals"; "the fire is dead"
       Antonyms: live
  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"
       Synonyms: all in beat bushed
  4. unerringly accurate; "a dead shot"; "took dead aim"
  5. physically inactive; "Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range"
  6. total; "dead silence"; "utter seriousness"
       Synonyms: utter
  7. not endowed with life; "the inorganic world is inanimate"; "inanimate objects"; "dead stones"
       Synonyms: inanimate nonliving non-living
       Antonyms: animate
  8. (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive; "passersby were dead to our plea for help"; "numb to the cries for mercy"
       Synonyms: numb
  9. 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"
       Synonyms: deadened
  10. lacking acoustic resonance; "dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs"; "the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio"
  11. not yielding a return; "dead capital"; "idle funds"
       Synonyms: idle
  12. not circulating or flowing; "dead air"; "dead water"; "stagnant water"
       Synonyms: stagnant
  13. out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown; "a dead telephone line"; "the motor is dead"
  14. not surviving in active use; "Latin is a dead language"
  15. lacking resilience or bounce; "a dead tennis ball"
  16. no longer in force or use; inactive; "a defunct (or dead) law"; "a defunct organization"
       Synonyms: defunct
  17. no longer having force or relevance; "a dead issue"
  18. sudden and complete; "came to a dead stop"
  19. drained of electric charge; discharged; "a dead battery"; "left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained"
       Synonyms: drained
  20. lacking animation or excitement or activity; "the party being dead we left early"; "it was a lifeless party until she arrived"
       Synonyms: lifeless
  21. devoid of activity; "this is a dead town; nothing ever happens here"


  1. quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly"
       Synonyms: abruptly suddenly short
  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"
       Synonyms: absolutely perfectly utterly

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