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
Chile's government is closer to passing a bill that would allow Chileans to undergo abortions in cases of rape, in which the mother's life was at risk, and in which the fetus would perish during the pregnancy.
TIGHAR believes that Earhart and Noonan crashed-landed on Gardner Island and perished as castaways.
Estimates of the country’s population before and after suggest that between 800,000 and 5m perished.
Price believes that Earhart's plane fell into the ocean and sank, and that Earhart and Noonan perished with it.
The mission: For the dogs to sniff out human bones that, through DNA matching, would confirm Earhart and Noonan landed and then perished on that island.
As rivals have perished, Dixons Carphone has built an unblemished record of domestic sales growth.
The sisters then watched as the flames engulfed the 21st floor, where their brother and his family lived; all five perished.
McConnell warns that failure to pass this bill would lead to negotiations with—perish the thought—
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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
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