VERBS be, lie His wife lay dead beside him. | look | sham The animal will sometimes escape danger by shamming dead. | drop He just dropped dead one day in his garden. | shoot sb, strike sb Gunmen shot dead a policeman. She had been struck dead by lightning. | find sb The woman was found dead with a rope round her neck. | declare sb, pronounce sb She was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
ADV. quite I'm afraid he's quite dead.
PHRASES dead and buried (figurative) In ten years he'll be dead and buried as a politician. | dead and gone That won't happen until long after I'm dead and gone. | dead or alive We didn't know whether the fish was dead or alive. | more dead than alive Poor child, she looks more dead than alive.