Dying vs. Dieing - What's the difference?


  • Dying

    Death is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include aging, predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, homicide, starvation, dehydration, and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury. In most cases, bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. Death – particularly the death of humans – has commonly been considered a sad or unpleasant occasion, due to the affection for the being that has died and the termination of social and familial bonds with the deceased. Other concerns include fear of death, necrophobia, anxiety, sorrow, grief, emotional pain, depression, sympathy, compassion, solitude, or saudade. Many cultures and religions have the idea of an afterlife, and also hold the idea of reward or judgement and punishment for past sin.


  • Dying (adjective)

    Approaching death; about to die; moribund.

    "The dying dog was put out of his misery with a single shot!"

    "dying fire"

  • Dying (adjective)

    Declining, terminal, or drawing to an end.

    "In the dying moments of daylight I glimpsed a sail on the horizon."

  • Dying (adjective)

    Pertaining to death, or the moments before death.

    "His dying words were of his mother."

    "until my dying day"

    "his dying bed"

  • Dying (noun)

    The process of approaching death; or, less precisely, death itself.

  • Dying (noun)

    Those who are currently expiring, moribund.

    "The battlefield was littered with the dead and dying."

  • Dying (verb)

    present participle of die

  • Dying (verb)

    present participle of dye

  • Dieing (verb)

    misspelling of dying

Webster Dictionary

  • Dying (adjective)

    In the act of dying; destined to death; mortal; perishable; as, dying bodies.

  • Dying (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to dying or death; as, dying bed; dying day; dying words; also, simulating a dying state.

  • Dying (noun)

    The act of expiring; passage from life to death; loss of life.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Dying (noun)

    the time when something ends;

    "it was the death of all his plans"

    "a dying of old hopes"

  • Dying (adjective)

    in or associated with the process of passing from life or ceasing to be;

    "a dying man"

    "his dying wish"

    "a dying fire"

    "a dying civilization"

  • Dying (adjective)

    eagerly desirous;

    "anxious to see the new show at the museum"

    "dying to hear who won"

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