Simple Definition of perish
: to die or be killed
: to disappear or be destroyed : to cease to exist
: to slowly break apart by a natural process
Full Definition of perish
1 : to become destroyed or ruined : cease to exist <recollection of a past already long since perished — Philip Sherrard> <guard against your mistakes or your attempts (perish the thought) to cheat — C. B. Davis>
1 chiefly British : to cause to die : destroy
Examples of perish
Two people perished in the fire.
The sailors perished at sea.
The civilization perished after 500 years.
Many ancient languages have perished over time.
The rubber will perish with age.
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