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These adjectives all mean without life. Dead applies in general to whatever once had—but no longer has—physical life (a dead body; a dead leaf), but is also applied to function (a dead battery) and force or currency (a dead issue; a dead language). Deceased and departed are polite or euphemistic terms referring only to people: attended a memorial service for a recently deceased friend; looking at pictures of departed relatives. Late is also restricted to people and usually implies recent death: a gift in memory of her late husband. Extinct can refer to what has no living successors (extinct species such as the dodo) or to what is extinguished or inactive (an extinct volcano). Lifeless applies to what no longer has physical life (a lifeless body), to what does not support life (a lifeless planet), or to what lacks animation, spirit, or brightness (a lifeless performance; lifeless colors).
adj. , -er, -est,
n., adv. adj.
Dead is usually an adjective. Someone who is dead is no longer living. You can use dead to talk about someone who has just died, or about someone who died a long time ago.
You can also say that animals or plants are dead.
Don't confuse dead with died. Died is the past tense and -ed participle of the verb die. Don't use died as an adjective.
You can refer to a group of people who have died as the dead.
|Noun||1.||dead - people who are no longer living; "they buried the dead"|
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
slain - people who have been slain (as in battle)
dead person, dead soul, deceased, deceased person, decedent, departed - someone who is no longer alive; "I wonder what the dead person would have done"
living - people who are still living; "save your pity for the living"
|2.||dead - a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense; "the dead of winter"|
time - an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities); "he waited a long time"; "the time of year for planting"; "he was a great actor in his time"
|Adj.||1.||dead - 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"|
|2.||dead - 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"|
extinct - (of e.g. volcanos) permanently inactive; "an extinct volcano"
live - exerting force or containing energy; "live coals"; "tossed a live cigarette out the window"; "got a shock from a live wire"; "live ore is unmined ore"; "a live bomb"; "a live ball is one in play"
|3.||dead - 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"|
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
tired - depleted of strength or energy; "tired mothers with crying babies"; "too tired to eat"
|4.||dead - unerringly accurate; "a dead shot"; "took dead aim"|
precise - sharply exact or accurate or delimited; "a precise mind"; "specified a precise amount"; "arrived at the precise moment"
|5.||dead - physically inactive; "Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range"|
extinct - (of e.g. volcanos) permanently inactive; "an extinct volcano"
|6.||dead - (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive; "passersby were dead to our plea for help"; "numb to the cries for mercy"|
insensitive - deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive; "insensitive to the needs of the patients"
|7.||dead - 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"|
insensitive - not responsive to physical stimuli; "insensitive to radiation"
|8.||dead - lacking acoustic resonance; "dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs"; "the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio"|
|9.||dead - not yielding a return; "dead capital"; "idle funds"|
unprofitable - producing little or no profit or gain; "deposits abandoned by mining companies as unprofitable"
|10.||dead - not circulating or flowing; "dead air"; "dead water"; "stagnant water"|
standing - (of fluids) not moving or flowing; "mosquitoes breed in standing water"
|11.||dead - not surviving in active use; "Latin is a dead language"|
|12.||dead - lacking resilience or bounce; "a dead tennis ball"|
inelastic - not elastic; "economists speak of an inelastic price structure"
|13.||dead - out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown; "a dead telephone line"; "the motor is dead"|
inoperative - not working or taking effect; "an inoperative law"
|14.||dead - no longer having force or relevance; "a dead issue"|
noncurrent - not current or belonging to the present time
|15.||dead - complete; "came to a dead stop"; "utter seriousness"|
complete - having every necessary or normal part or component or step; "a complete meal"; "a complete wardrobe"; "a complete set of the Britannica"; "a complete set of china"; "a complete defeat"; "a complete accounting"
|16.||dead - drained of electric charge; discharged; "a dead battery"; "left the lights on and came back to find the battery drained"|
uncharged - of a particle or body or system; having no charge; "an uncharged particle"; "an uncharged battery"
|17.||dead - devoid of activity; "this is a dead town; nothing ever happens here"|
inactive - lacking activity; lying idle or unused; "an inactive mine"; "inactive accounts"; "inactive machinery"
|Adv.||1.||dead - quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly"|
|2.||dead - 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"|
deceased living, alive, animate, existing, alive and kicking
not working working, effective, active, alive, productive, operative, in use
spiritless active, alive, lively, animated, vivacious, alive and kicking, full of beans (informal)
"Dead men tell no tales"
"Never speak ill of the dead"
dead man → muerto m
the dead king → el difunto rey
to be dead → estar muerto
he's been dead for two years → hace dos años que murió
dead or alive → vivo o muerto
to be dead on arrival (in hospital) → ingresar cadáver
dead and buried (lit, fig) → muerto y bien muerto
to drop (down) dead → caer muerto
drop dead! → ¡vete al cuerno!
to fall down dead → caer muerto
over my dead body! → ¡ni muerto!, ¡ni de chiste!
as dead as a dodo or a doornail or mutton → más muerto que mi abuela
dead duck he's a dead duck → está quemado
that issue is a dead duck → esa cuestión ya no tiene interés
to be dead on one's feet → estar hecho migas or polvo
dead from the neck up → bruto, imbécil, zoquete
to flog a dead horse; beat a dead horse (US) → machacar en hierro frío
you're dead meat! → ¡te vas a enterar!, ¡vas a ver lo que es bueno!
I wouldn't be seen dead there → ni muerto ni vivo me verán allí
to be dead in the water [economy, talks etc] → haberse ido al garete; [politician, sportsperson etc] → estar acabado
he/she was dead to the world (= asleep) → estaba dormido/a como un tronco
dead men tell no tales → los muertos no hablan
the line has gone dead (Telec) → la línea está cortada or muerta
my fingers have gone dead (gen) → se me han dormido los dedos; (with cold) → se me han entumecido los dedos
he is dead to all pity → es incapaz de sentir compasión
a dead cert → una cosa segura
to fall into a dead faint → desmayarse totalmente
a dead loss (= person) → un inútil; (= thing) → una birria
a dead ringer for → el doble de, la viva imagen de
to come to a dead stop → pararse en seco
"dead slow" (Aut) → reducir la marcha (Naut) → muy despacio
to be dead against sth → estar totalmente opuesto a algo
dead ahead → todo seguido, todo derecho
dead between the eyes → justo entre los ojos
dead level → completamente plano
to be dead set on doing sth → estar decidido a hacer algo
to be dead set against sth → estar totalmente opuesto a algo
dead straight → todo seguido, todo derecho
dead on target → justo en el blanco
dead on time → a la hora exacta
to be dead beat → estar hecho polvo
dead broke → sin un duro
dead certain → completamente seguro
dead drunk → borracho perdido
dead easy → facilón, chupado
dead tired → muerto (de cansancio)
to come to a dead end (fig) → llegar a un punto muerto
see also dead-end dead hand N (fig) [of state, bureaucracy] → peso m muerto
dead heat N (Sport) → empate m
see also dead-heat dead letter N → letra f muerta
dead march N → marcha f fúnebre
dead matter N → materia f inanimada
dead reckoning N → estima f
Dead Sea N → Mar m Muerto
the Dead Sea Scrolls → los manuscritos del Mar Muerto
the dead season N (Tourism) → la temporada baja
dead weight N → peso m muerto; [of vehicle] → tara f (fig) → lastre m, carga f inútil
He was already dead when the doctor came → Il était déjà mort quand le docteur est arrivé.
to be half dead (= near death) → être à moitié mort
to look half dead (= terrible) → avoir l'air à moitié mort
to be shot dead → être tué(e) d'un coup de revolver
He was shot dead → Il a été tué d'un coup de revolver.
to drop dead, to drop down dead (= die suddenly) [person, animal] → tomber mort
drop dead! → va te faire voir !
to be dead and gone [person] → être mort(e) et enterré(e)
over my dead body! → il faudra d'abord me passer sur le corps!
"Let's invite her to dinner." - "Over my dead body!" → "Invitons-la à dîner." - "Il faudra d'abord que tu me passes sur le corps!"
I wouldn't be seen dead in it, I wouldn't be caught dead in it → je ne la porterais pour rien au monde
to go dead → s'engourdir
My leg has gone dead → Ma jambe s'est engourdie.
to feel dead → se sentir épuisé(e)
to be half dead (= very tired) → être à moitié mort(e) de fatigue
The line was dead → Il n'y avait pas de tonalité.
to go dead
The line has gone dead → La ligne a été coupée.
You're dead right! → Tu as absolument raison!
to be dead against sth → être absolument contre qch, être complètement contre qch
dead on time → à l'heure pile
The train arrived dead on time → Le train est arrivé à l'heure pile.
to stop dead (= halt abruptly) → s'arrêter pile, s'arrêter net
to stop sb/sth dead → stopper net qn/qch
She stopped him dead → Elle l'a stoppé net.
in the dead centre of, dead in the centre of → au beau milieu de, en plein milieu de
dead in the middle of → au beau milieu de, en plein milieu de
the dead → les morts mpl
in the dead of winter → au cœur de l'hiver
to rise from the dead, to come back from the dead (= make a comeback) [person, organization] → refaire surface
to raise sb from the dead (= resurrect) → ressusciter qn des mortsdead beat dead-beat adj (= exhausted) → claqué(e) , crevé(e)
to fall or drop (down) dead → morire
he was shot dead → fu colpito a morte
he's been dead for 2 years → è morto da due anni
dead and buried (also) (fig) → morto/a e sepolto/a
dead or alive → vivo/a o morto/a
over my dead body! (fam) → manco morto!
I feel absolutely dead! (fig) (fam) → sono (stanco) morto!
to be a dead duck (fam) → essere spacciato/a
the line has gone dead (Telec) → è caduta la linea
he was dead to the world (fig) → era proprio partito (fig)
to stop dead → fermarsi di colpo
dead ahead → sempre dritto
it's dead ahead of us → è proprio davanti a noi
dead on time → in perfetto orario
to land dead on target → fare centro
dead slow (Aut) → a passo d'uomo (Naut) → avanti piano
to be dead set on doing sth → volere fare qc a tutti i costi
to be dead set against sth (fam) → essere assolutamente contrario/a a qc
dead broke (fam) → senza il becco di un quattrino
dead drunk (fam) → ubriaco/a fradicio/a
dead tired (fam) → stanco/a morto/a