2. adjective [ADJ n] A dying person or animal is very ill and likely to die soon. ⇒ ...a dying man.
The dying are people who are dying. ⇒ The dead and the dying were everywhere.
3. adjective [ADJ n] You use dying to describe something which happens at the time when someone dies, or is connected with that time. ⇒ It'll stay in my mind till my dying day. ⇒ She was compelled to fulfil the dying wishes of her mother. 4. adjective [ADJ n] The dying days or dying minutes of a state of affairs or an activity are its last days or minutes. ⇒ The islands were seized by the Soviet army in the dying days of the second world war. ⇒ A penalty by Thierry Lacroix broke the deadlock in the dying minutes of the game. 5. adjective [ADJ n] A dying tradition or industry is becoming less important and is likely to disappear completely. ⇒ Shipbuilding is a dying business. 6. adjective [ADJ n] A dying fire is no longer hot and bright and will not burn for much longer.
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