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die out

 
1. Lit. [for a species or family] to perish totally because of the failure to produce offspring. l am the last one in the family, so I guess our line will die out with me. The owls might die out if you ruin their nesting area.
2. Fig. [for an idea, practice, style, etc.] to fade away through time. That way of doing things died out a long time ago. It died out like the horse and buggy.
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die out

to stop existing Bird-lovers thought a number of songbirds had died out, but they are back and noisier than ever.
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die out

Gradually become extinct, as in As technology advances, and Western culture spreads, many folk traditions are dying out . [Mid-1800s]
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die out

v.
1. To become extinct: The dinosaurs died out millions of years ago. These tribal customs died out centuries ago.
2. To diminish and finally cease functioning or existing: With a few final flickers, the candles died out.
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