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wilt

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\wəlt, ˈwilt\

Definition of wilt

  1. archaic present 2d singular of will




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wilt

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verb \ˈwilt\

Simple Definition of wilt

  • of a plant : to bend over because of not having enough water

  • : to become weak and tired especially because of hot weather

  • : to lose energy, confidence, effectiveness, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wilt

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to lose turgor from lack of water <the plants wilted in the heat> b :  to become limp

  3. 2 :  to grow weak or faint :  languish

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause to wilt

Examples of wilt in a sentence

  1. The hot weather wilted the plants.

  2. The crowd wilted in the heat.

  3. He wilted under the pressure.



Origin of wilt

alteration of earlier welk, from Middle English welken, probably from Middle Dutch; akin to Old High German erwelkēn to wilt


First Known Use: circa 1691

Rhymes with wilt


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wilt

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noun \ˈwilt\

Definition of wilt

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of wilting :  the state of being wilted

  2. 2 a :  a disorder (as a fungus disease) of plants marked by loss of turgidity in soft tissues with subsequent drooping and often shriveling —called also wilt disease b :  polyhedrosis of caterpillars



1855

First Known Use of wilt

1855



WILT Defined for Kids

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wilt

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verb \ˈwilt\

Definition of wilt for Students

wiltedwilting

  1. 1 :  to lose freshness and become limp <The roses are wilting.>

  2. 2 :  to lose strength <… Mr. Kamata's sturdy … smile was beginning to wilt. — Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Egypt Game>




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wilt

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noun

Definition of wilt for Students

  1. :  a plant disease (as of tomatoes) in which wilting and browning of leaves leads to death of the plant





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