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1wilt

\wəlt, ˈwilt\

Definition of WILT

archaic present 2d singular of will
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2wilt

verb \ˈwilt\

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.

Full Definition of WILT

intransitive verb
1
a :  to lose turgor from lack of water <the plants wilted in the heat>
b :  to become limp
2
:  to grow weak or faint :  languish
transitive verb
:  to cause to wilt

Examples of WILT

  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

3wilt

noun \ˈwilt\

Definition of WILT

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

First Known Use of WILT

1855
WILTING Defined for Kids

1wilt

verb \ˈwilt\
wilt·edwilt·ing

Definition of WILT for Kids

1
:  to lose freshness and become limp <The roses are wilting.>
2
:  to lose strength <… Mr. Kamata's sturdy … smile was beginning to wilt. — Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Egypt Game>

2wilt

noun

Definition of WILT for Kids

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

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