ADJ. early, premature, untimely The president's untimely death has thrown the country into chaos. | sudden, unexpected | immediate, instant | quick | slow | approaching, imminent, impending | certain He had been miraculously saved from almost certain death. | terrible | tragic the tragic death of their son | mysterious, suspicious Police are not treating the death as suspicious. | natural, unnatural | accidental a verdict of accidental death | violent Police report a decrease in violent deaths. | painful | cot, road | living (figurative) the living death of captivity
VERB + DEATH bring, cause, lead to, mean, result in the drivers who bring death to our roads Poor living conditions can lead to early death. Touching the wires means instant death. The brutal attack resulted in the man's death. | die, face, meet She died a slow and painful death. He met his death two years later. | contemplate | risk | fear | approach, be near, near | cheat, escape He escaped death by inches when a tree fell on his tent. | save sb from | mourn mourning the death of their daughter | bleed to, burn to, choke to, freeze to, starve to | condemn sb to, sentence sb to | batter sb to, beat sb to, burn sb to, choke sb to, club sb to, crush sb to, flog sb to, hack sb to, kick sb to, put sb to, stab sb to, stone sb to, torture sb to, trample sb to | be punishable/punished by Incest was punishable by death. Your next of kin will receive death benefit if you die in an accident. | duties After the death duties had been paid, there was little money left for the family. | threat The actor has received death threats since appearing in the controversial film. | wish He took drugs as if he had some kind of death wish. | agonies, throes The snake was writhing in its death agonies.
(figurative) By 1740 European feudalism was in its death throes. | bed (also deathbed) On his deathbed, my father made me promise not to sell the house. | squad Paramilitary death squads are rumoured to be operating in the area. | warrant (often figurative) By publicly condemning the terrorists he was signing his own death warrant. | camp He died as a prisoner of war in an enemy death camp.
PREP. after (sb's) ~ Do you believe in life after death? | at ~ (formal) The average age at death of plague victims was 14. | before (sb's) ~, in ~ His face looked more peaceful in death than it had during his last days. | near (to) ~ It was clear that the dog was near death. | on sb's ~ On Samuel's death, the farm passed to his sons. | ~ by death by starvation | ~ from Two deaths from cholera have been reported.
PHRASES cause of death The coroner said the cause of death was a stroke. | a matter of life and/or death Fulfilling orders on time is a matter of life and death for a small company. | sentence of death Four prisoners were under sentence of death.
DEATH + VERB come, happen, occur Her death came at the age of 82. More deaths occur in winter. | result from deaths resulting from disease
DEATH + NOUN rate The government's campaign aims to cut the death rate from heart attacks. | toll The death toll in the earthquake has been put at over one thousand. | penalty, sentence If found guilty of drug trafficking, the pair could face the death penalty. | row There are currently over 3,000 prisoners on death row. | certificate | benefit