weath·​er | \ ˈwe-t͟hər \

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 , 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

At least 15 deaths have been linked to the cold weather in the Midwest and the East Coast in recent days, according to reports from the Associated Press. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Polar Vortex Strains Systems; General Motors Halts Factories," 31 Jan. 2019 Use standard indoors, use moisture resistant indoors in damp environments or outdoors under cover, and use waterproof in areas where the wood assembly is fully exposed to the weather. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "5 Biggest Woodworking Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 15 Jan. 2019 For starters, many species are adapted to cold weather and snow, so having fewer or no days below 32°F is sure to impact them. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.," 21 Dec. 2018 MmWave comes with significantly limiting trade-offs, though, like worse penetration, smaller range, and more susceptibility to weather when compared to LTE. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "AT&T 5G goes live this week with ridiculously overpowered hotspot," 20 Dec. 2018 Sizemore told police that his feet hurt from exposure to cold weather, Sims said. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Police: Man accused of shooting at state trooper is arrested," 12 Dec. 2018 Much like Meghan's mini dress, Kate's layered Paule Ka skirt is much shorter than her usual looks, and is worn with pantyhose due to the cold weather in England right now. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Twins with Meghan Markle in a Red Coat and Short Skirt at University College London," 21 Nov. 2018 Certain voters may turn out in droves—or stay home—based on everything from late-game advertising to hot-button local issues to, yes, the weather. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "In a Record-Breaking Election Year for Women, Here Are the Races to Watch," 17 Sep. 2018 The backyard keeps with the white and modern theme, featuring oversized lounge chairs and a fur throw that makes the space comfortable year-round thanks to gorgeous California weather. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Kylie Jenner Has An Entire Closet For Purses, And It Is Epic," 17 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Uber has weathered its worse crises and emerged a transportation staple in most major cities around the world. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Uber," 29 Dec. 2018 The money raised in July brought with it a slew of problems and the project has weathered a parade of setbacks. Morgen Peck, Glamour, "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club," 11 Dec. 2018 The solar industry has already weathered its blows by the Trump administration. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: New Trump administration policy a bright spot for solar developers," 26 June 2018 The Yankees have weathered a handful of injuries with ease again this season. New York Times, "Yankees End Skid, but Lose Gary Sanchez for Several Weeks," 25 June 2018 Glide has already weathered a tumultuous few months. Heather Knight,, "San Francisco’s Glide Memorial in trouble with its parent church," 19 June 2018 Since then, Facebook has weathered the most intense criticism in the company's history. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "The Department of Justice won't pursue a stay of the AT&T-Time Warner deal... but they're not done just yet," 14 June 2018 In Other Words has weathered financial crises in the past, and in 2014, the center put out a call for an infusion of support to save it from closure. Kristi Turnquist,, "Portland feminist bookstore In Other Words is closing," 6 June 2018 Both comedians have weathered enormous controversy this past year. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Kathy Griffin: 'Truth is, Roseanne has displayed herself to be a Nazi’," 5 June 2018

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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 \

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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