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dying (n.)

late 13c., "death, act of expiring, loss of life," verbal noun from die (v.).

dying (adj.)

"in the process of becoming dead, decaying from life," mid-15c., present-participle adjective from die (v.).

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Definitions of dying
1
dying (adj.)
eagerly desirous;
dying to hear who won
Synonyms: anxious
dying (adj.)
in or associated with the process of passing from life or ceasing to be;
a dying civilization
his dying wish
a dying man
a dying fire
2
dying (n.)
the time when something ends;
a dying of old hopes
Synonyms: death / demise
From wordnet.princeton.edu