weath·​er | \ ˈwe-t͟hər How to pronounce weather (audio) \

Definition of weather

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the state of the atmosphere with respect to heat or cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm, clearness or cloudiness
2 : state or vicissitude of life or fortune
3 : disagreeable atmospheric conditions: such as
a : rain, storm
b : cold air with dampness
to weather
: in the direction from which the wind is blowing
under the weather


weathered; weathering\ ˈwet͟h-​riŋ How to pronounce weathering (audio) , ˈwe-​t͟hə-​ \

Definition of weather (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to expose to the open air : subject to the action of the elements
2 : to bear up against and come safely through weather a storm weather a crisis

intransitive verb

: to undergo or endure the action of the elements



Definition of weather (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or relating to the side facing the wind — compare lee

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Synonyms for weather

Synonyms: Verb

ride (out), survive

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Examples of weather in a Sentence


The weather today will be hot and dry. The hikers sought protection from the weather under an overhang. It looks like we're in for some weather tomorrow. We'll take a look at the weather right after this commercial break. Check the weather before you make plans.


The wood on the porch has weathered over the years. They weathered a terrible storm while at sea. He has weathered the criticism well.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The March-May climbing season is when weather conditions are best for climbing the Himalayan mountain. Fox News, "Mount Everest climbers to face new rules after deadly season," 15 Aug. 2019 The March-May climbing season is when weather conditions are best for climbing the Himalayan mountain. Washington Post, "Experience, training, insurance could be required on Everest," 15 Aug. 2019 Organizers have set aside several days in order to work with the best weather conditions for the event. Chris Chavez,, "Eliud Kipchoge: Running Under Two Hours for the Marathon Is Like the Moon Landing," 14 Aug. 2019 The cool weather conditions in hills act as a barrier for pests infestation but the hot and humid conditions lead to their intrusion. Gurvinder Singh, Quartz India, "Science is rekindling the aroma that Darjeeling tea lost to climate change," 9 Aug. 2019 Root systems are slow to develop in some of our soils and weather conditions, so the water must be applied directly to the root ball. Calvin Finch,, "How to deal with the garden damage from the dang deer," 9 Aug. 2019 The race was originally scheduled for Friday but the couple were forced to change arrangements at the last minute due to adverse weather conditions forecast. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Boat Is Disqualified in King's Cup Sailing Race," 8 Aug. 2019 The increase in shear was found in three different data sets of weather conditions since 1979. Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Buckle up: Climate change is already contributing to bumpier North Atlantic flights, study finds," 7 Aug. 2019 The title refers to dangerous weather conditions that can unleash violent storms. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: At Fresh Sound concert, Flux Quartet challenges listeners with daring works," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some of the criticism Biden weathered was searing and personal. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Analysis: Go easy on him? Sorry, Joe Biden. Not at this debate, or anytime soon.," 1 Aug. 2019 That has been the root of Boris’ appeal: a lovable mess weathering adversity with humor and good cheer. Nick Romano,, "John Oliver delivers brutal takedown of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson," 29 July 2019 Chavarria credits weathering each move to help from loyal fans and regular customers. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Mill Avenue favorite Restaurant Mexico is closing after 42 years. Here's what we know," 29 July 2019 According to Molly Boesel, CoreLogic’s principal economist, there’s even enough value in homes to help homeowners weather the next downturn. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Hot housing market has fueled economic expansion—and inequality," 18 July 2019 He had the lined, weathered face of a guy who had been in the sun and wind. Daniel Rapaport,, "Tom's Last Charge: An Oral History of the 2009 British Open," 15 July 2019 Such materials are precious to researchers since these rocks have not been exposed to the harsh space environment or dealt with any space weathering. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Japanese spacecraft grabs second asteroid sample near blasted crater," 11 July 2019 The sculpture consists of two lengths of weathered siding, flanked by a light that slowly cycles through the visible spectrum. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Archiving Eden’ exhibition sprouts interest with macro photos," 5 July 2019 Millwork painted in soothing, weathered green defines the kitchen, setting off the natural wood island with a solid white oak plank top. Marni Elyse Katz,, "A Maine lake house gives three generations both togetherness and privacy," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of weather


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for weather


Middle English weder, from Old English; akin to Old High German wetar weather, Old Church Slavonic vetrŭ wind

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English Language Learners Definition of weather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the state of the air and atmosphere at a particular time and place : the temperature and other outside conditions (such as rain, cloudiness, etc.) at a particular time and place
: bad or stormy weather
: a report or forecast about the weather



English Language Learners Definition of weather (Entry 2 of 2)

: to change in color, condition, etc., because of the effects of the sun, wind, rain, etc., over a long period of time
: to deal with or experience (something dangerous or unpleasant) without being harmed or damaged too much


weath·​er | \ ˈwe-t͟hər How to pronounce weather (audio) \

Kids Definition of weather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the state of the air and atmosphere in regard to how warm or cold, wet or dry, or clear or stormy it is


weathered; weathering

Kids Definition of weather (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to change (as in color or structure) by the action of the weather
2 : to be able to last or come safely through They weathered a storm.

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