weather

noun
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

weather

verb
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

weather

adjective

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

Noun

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.

Verb

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

More hot weather is in the forecast for Alabama through the first of next week. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "Triple-digit highs possible today in Alabama," 6 July 2019 Village Manager Rick Ginex said that decision was made because bad weather was forecast for Independence Day. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Village officials, restaurant owners talk about first Taste of Oak Brook cancellation," 5 July 2019 Good Morning America‘s Ginger Zee will serve as the weather analyst on the sidelines, narrating how the wind and heat affect the night’s stunts. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "History Channel Announces New Format for Evel Live 2 After Star Axell Hodges Is Injured," 5 July 2019 An area of high pressure will build allowing for hotter weather. Dallas News, "NBC 5 Forecast: Hot Weekend Ahead," 5 July 2019 Considering the New Orleans heat decided not to spare us this year sundresses, tanks, and mini skirts are the perfect cure for this weather. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Style Moments At Essence Festival 2019," 5 July 2019 The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Thursday’s spectacular weather has brought thousands to the state’s parks and beaches, and may are at capacity. David Owens, courant.com, "Spectacular Independence Day weather fills state parks, beaches," 4 July 2019 But the Portland Press Herald reports damp weather in the late spring helped spur the spread of a fungus that kills the caterpillars. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 Due to the onset of darkness, rough terrain and weather moving in, the body was not retrieved until the next morning, the newspaper reported. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway resident dies in hiking fall in Colorado," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tiny spheres of elemental iron called nanophase iron are also produced by space weathering and build up on the outer rims of certain soil grains, causing surfaces to become darker over time. Erica Jawin, Scientific American, "Apollo’s Bounty: The Science of the Moon Rocks," 2 July 2019 The brokerage has logged significant gains in recent years under his leadership after weathering a tough patch during the financial crisis. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "Charles Schwab CEO: Actually, We're Killing It With Millennials," 19 June 2019 Mountain Pass, which began post-bankruptcy operations only last year, represents the United States' best hope of weathering any Chinese materials blockade. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "China hints it will choke off U.S. ‘rare earths’ access. But it’s not that easy.," 11 June 2019 Mountain Pass, which began post-bankruptcy operations only last year, represents the United States’ best hope of weathering any Chinese materials blockade. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "China hints it will choke off U.S. ‘rare earths’ access. But it’s not that easy.," 10 June 2019 Carved by glacial dynamics and weathering and erosion spanning 30 million years, few other places reflect in such remarkable fashion the geological forces that have shaped our planet. James Lange, National Geographic, "A guide to Yosemite National Park," 11 Mar. 2019 The team leader must also weather Pakistani fans, who at the drop of a catch or fall of a wicket can shower love or dump torrential scorn with equal gusto. The Economist, "For India and Pakistan, cricket is war by other means," 22 June 2019 After those two runs scored, Lee eventually weathered the storm and got the Red Sox out of the jam. Teran Rodriguez, latimes.com, "Costa Mesa American Little League beats Huntington West in District 62 Tournament of Champions Minor B final," 15 June 2019 Like Hockney himself, hale and fruitful at the age of eighty-one, the film has weathered well. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“The Dead Don’t Die” Does the Zombie Genre to Death," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of weather

Noun

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

Verb

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

Adjective

1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for weather

Noun

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

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weather

noun

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

weather

verb

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

weather

noun
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

weather

verb
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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