drought

noun
\ ˈdrau̇t How to pronounce drought (audio) \
variants: or less commonly drouth \ ˈdrau̇th How to pronounce drouth (audio) \

Definition of drought

1 : a period of dryness especially when prolonged specifically : one that causes extensive damage to crops or prevents their successful growth resistant to drought
2 : a prolonged or chronic shortage or lack of something expected or desired a drought of creativity

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Other Words from drought

droughtiness \ ˈdrau̇-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce droughtiness (audio) \ noun
droughty \ ˈdrau̇-​tē \ adjective

Examples of drought in a Sentence

The drought caused serious damage to crops. a period of drought that lasted several years

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At this time last year, much of Arizona was experiencing extreme drought conditions that forced the cancellations of many traditional celebrations. azcentral, "Here's where (and when) to see July 4th fireworks in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale and more," 26 June 2019 European public health bodies are trying to prevent a repeat of last year, when heat waves resulted in deaths in Spain and Portugal and drought conditions in Germany and Sweden. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Europe prepares for scorching heat wave with public cooling rooms, mist showers and health warnings," 25 June 2019 During the summer, the Midwest will see drought conditions similar to what California, Greece, or Italy have. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future," 18 June 2019 Critics pointed out that the state’s heavy snowfall this winter ended all drought conditions, though the state is projected to experience increasingly arid conditions. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Cory Gardner slams Trump tariffs: “Turning our backs on American workers and consumers”," 7 June 2019 These changes in climate are creating higher temperatures, which have both direct and indirect effects on creating drought conditions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Don’t let your landscaping become a fire risk," 7 June 2019 Low produce prices and drought conditions in several regions have led to widespread distress, triggering suicides, and demonstrations by farmers. Devangshu Datta, Quartz India, "Legalising cannabis could be one solution to India’s agrarian distress," 30 May 2019 To maintain current consumption trends, the world will also need to produce 50–70 percent more food by 2050, increasingly under drought conditions and on poor soils. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 For one thing, the state has always been prone to periods of flood followed by periods of drought. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "‘The Dreamt Land’ Review: California’s Precious Resource," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of drought

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drought

Middle English, from Old English drūgath, from drūgian to dry up; akin to Old English drȳge dry — more at dry

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drought

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drought

: a long period of time during which there is very little or no rain

drought

noun
\ ˈdrau̇t How to pronounce drought (audio) \

Kids Definition of drought

: a long period of time during which there is very little or no rain

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