(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


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

Similar word(s): asleep, deceased, departed, gone, assassinated, bloodless, exsanguine, exsanguinous, breathless, inanimate, pulseless, cold, deathlike, deathly, defunct, doomed, executed, fallen, late, exanimate, lifeless, murdered, nonviable, slain, stillborn

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

Similar word(s): extinct, extinct, out, lifeless

3. very tired

- I'm dead after that long trip

Similar word(s): tired, beat, bushed

4. unerringly accurate

- a dead shot

- took dead aim

Similar word(s): precise

5. physically inactive

- Crater Lake is in the crater of a dead volcano of the Cascade Range

Similar word(s): extinct

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

- passersby were dead to our plea for help

Similar word(s): insensitive, numb

7. devoid of physical sensation; numb

- his gums were dead from the novocain

- she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth

Similar word(s): insensitive, deadened

8. lacking acoustic resonance

- dead sounds characteristic of some compact discs

- the dead wall surfaces of a recording studio

Similar word(s): nonresonant, unreverberant

9. not yielding a return

- dead capital

Similar word(s): unprofitable, idle

10. not circulating or flowing

- dead air

- dead water

Similar word(s): standing, stagnant

11. not surviving in active use

- Latin is a dead language

Similar word(s): extinct, nonextant

12. lacking resilience or bounce

- a dead tennis ball

Similar word(s): inelastic

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

- a dead telephone line

- the motor is dead

Similar word(s): inoperative

14. no longer having force or relevance

- a dead issue

Similar word(s): noncurrent

15. the complete stoppage of an action

- came to a dead stop

Similar word(s): complete

16. drained of electric charge; discharged

- a dead battery

Similar word(s): uncharged, drained

17. devoid of activity

- this is a dead town; nothing ever happens here

Similar word(s): inactive

Sentences with dead as an adjective:

- All of my grandparents are dead.

- He is dead to me.

- She stood with dead face and limp arms, unresponsive to my plea.

- the dead load on the floor

- a dead lift.

- a dead glass of soda.

- dead time

- dead fields

- 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.

- That monitor is dead; don’t bother hooking it up.

- There are several dead laws still on the books regulating where horses may be hitched.

- Is this beer glass dead?

- Once the ball crosses the foul line, it's dead.

- dead stop

- dead sleep

- dead giveaway

- dead silence

- dead center

- dead aim

- a dead eye

- a dead level

- After sitting on my hands for a while, my arms became dead.}}

- "You come back here this instant! Oh, when I get my hands on you, you're dead, mister!"

- a dead floor

- A person who is banished or who becomes a monk is civilly dead.

- the dead spindle of a lathe


1. quickly and without warning

Similar word(s): abruptly, short, suddenly

2. completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers

- you can be dead sure of my innocence

- was dead tired

- dead right

Similar word(s): absolutely, perfectly, utterly

Sentences with dead as an adverb:

- dead right; dead level; dead flat; dead straight; dead left

- He hit the target dead in the centre.

- dead wrong; dead set; dead serious; dead drunk; dead broke; dead earnest; dead certain; dead slow; dead sure; dead simple; dead honest; dead accurate; dead easy; dead scared; dead solid; dead black; dead white; dead empty;

- dead tired; dead quiet; dead asleep; dead pale; dead cold; dead still


1. people who are no longer living

- they buried the dead

Definition categories: group, people

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

- the dead of winter

Definition categories: time

Sentences with dead as a noun:

- The dead of night. The dead of winter.

- Have respect for the dead.


1. (archaic) Formerly, "be dead" was used instead of "have died" as the perfect tense of "die".

2. (transitive) To prevent by disabling; stop.

3. (transitive) To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigour.

4. (Britain, transitive, slang) To kill.