Learner's definition of DEATH
1 a [noncount] : the end of life : the time when someone or something dies
b [count] : the ending of a particular person's life
birth, life, and eventual death
fear of death
She is close to death. [=she will die soon]
The hostage managed to escape death. [=avoid being killed]
The newspaper did not report the cause of death.
She was convicted of murder and sentenced/condemned to death. [=told that she would be killed as punishment]
People around the world mourned his death.
She worked at the newspaper until her death at (age) 74.
The accident resulted in two deaths.
The number of deaths from cancer is rising.
He died a violent/tragic death.
There has been a death in the family.
She survived the plane crash and many years later died a natural death. [=from natural causes; because she was old]
The general met his death on the battlefield.
2 [count] : the permanent end of something that is not alive : the ruin or destruction of something
the death of innocence
the death of vaudeville
the death of a marriage
3 Death [noncount], literary : the force that ends life and is often shown in art or literature as a skeleton
a matter of life and death
at death's door
: about to die : very sick and in danger of dying
be the death of
: to cause (someone) to die — often used figuratively
catch your death (of cold)
like death warmed over(US)informalor Britishlike death warmed up
put to death
◊ A person or animal that is put to death is killed at a scheduled time by someone who is legally allowed to do so.
1 — used to say how someone died or was killed
He was shot/stabbed to death.
They froze/starved to death.
She drank herself to death. [=drank a lot of alcohol until it made her so sick that she died]
2 : very much : to a great degree
We were bored/scared to death. [=extremely bored/scared]
That teacher works her students to death. [=she makes them work too hard]
He's wonderful! I just love him to death!
I'm sick to death of hearing about the scandal. [=I don't want to hear anything more about the scandal; I've heard too much about it]
That song has been done to death. [=many musicians have performed that song]
to the death
1 : until someone is dead 2 : with all of your energy and effort