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
Manila, Philippines (CNN)Survivors smashed through windows to flee as dozens perished trapped by fire in one of Manila's worst incidents of mass death in recent years.
A skydiving instructor who perished Sunday died of heart disease before hitting the ground in Slidell, St. Tammany Parish Coroner Charles Preston said Tuesday (May 30).
In all, 23 U.S. troops were killed in the invasion along with several hundred Panamanians, including many civilians who perished when their neighborhoods were destroyed and burned in the fighting.
Naturalist John Muir nearly perished in a freak blizzard on Shasta’s summit in 1875, but that only further seduced him.
Each year thousands of migrants and refugees seeking a better life in Europe perish after setting sail in overloaded smugglers’ boats that are unfit for the open sea.
Jared Martin, the Dallas actor who portrayed Dusty Farlow, the rodeo cowboy and Sue Ellen Ewing seducer who perished in a plane crash, only to have producers resurrect his character by popular demand, has died.
Among them: » Overcrowding in the Cabaret Room, where most of the 165 victims perished. »
In other cases, alerts have led police to victims who likely would have perished without prompt attention.
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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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