Definition of perish
- 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
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.
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: to die or be killed
: to disappear or be destroyed : to cease to exist
: to slowly break apart by a natural process
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