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 in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of perish from the Web
As rivals have perished, Dixons Carphone has built an unblemished record of domestic sales growth.
McConnell warns that failure to pass this bill would lead to negotiations with—perish the thought—
Digging for Rome's new subway has unearthed the charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a crouching dog that apparently perished in the same blaze that collapsed the structure.
The number of people killed in three separate attacks in different parts of the country was the highest since February, when 88 perished in a suicide bombing...
The families of those who perished aboard the Fitzgerald wait for anything that can explain their loss.
WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, reported nearly 3,000 chickens perished in the May 2015 fire that destroyed a chicken house west of Statesville.
That was a film that lingered in the memory long after the lights went up, partly because it was based on a true story about a couple whose dive-boat left them to perish in the middle of the sea.
According to police, at least 30 people perished in the fire.
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PERISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of perish for English Language Learners
: to die or be killed
: to disappear or be destroyed : to cease to exist
: to slowly break apart by a natural process
PERISH Defined for Kids
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