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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David Littleproud, the Australian minister for water resources, drought, rural finance, natural disaster and emergency management told the Guardian. Washington Post, "As wildfires rage, Australia’s natural disaster minister doubts man-made climate change is real," 10 Sep. 2019 In the face of authoritarian rule and disasters like drought, the population suffered mightily. Lily Rothman, Time, "Robert Mugabe Ruled Zimbabwe for Decades. Here's How He First Came to Power," 6 Sep. 2019 Scientists have warned for the last 30 years about the dangers of climate change — more droughts, forest fires and catastrophic weather — as the Earth continues to warm from fossil fuel pollution. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "Will concern about climate change affect the presidential race?," 4 Sep. 2019 Researchers are still trying to understand how different tree species will respond to environmental change, such as extreme temperatures, droughts, pests, and wildfires, and what their thresholds for adaptation might be. M. R. O’connor, The New Yorker, "A Day in the Life of a Tree," 27 Aug. 2019 The Atewa landscape provides rich forest cover for climate regulation, a show piece to illustrate climate adaptation to avoid drought, reduce poverty and enhance sustainable livelihoods and improve human well being in its catchment area. Alfred Oteng-yeboah, Quartz Africa, "Ghana’s pact with China for bauxite mining threatens to ravage a biodiverse forest," 21 Aug. 2019 Restrictions include drought, the labor-intensive harvest and perhaps another factor: ambition. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "If this isn’t hop country, why is San Diego harvesting a bumper crop?," 19 Aug. 2019 Farmers have always endured extremes in Florida, particularly sporadic droughts, but many in the industry believe the climate is changing in more profound ways. Alex Harris, orlandosentinel.com, "As climate change hits Florida agriculture, farmers look for solutions," 15 Aug. 2019 Fate — drought, Evelyn, grief — has brought these souls together. David Canfield, EW.com, "A close read of Inland, the rare novel with a perfect ending," 15 Aug. 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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