weather

noun
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

weather

verb
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

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

In bad weather, seats are constantly changing hands. Eric Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do When Your Flight Is Canceled or Delayed," 20 Nov. 2018 Put your best foot forward in this oh-so-warm weather with a new pair of wear-everywhere sandals! Claire Knebl, Teen Vogue, "40 Totally On-Trend Summer Sandals," 24 Oct. 2018 On Sunday night, hundreds of TGNC people and allies stood in the cold weather under the arch in New York's Washington Square Park in a protest organized by Voices 4 and Lambda Legal. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People WILL NOT Be Erased," 22 Oct. 2018 Because the kitchen area is outside, an optional Batwing awning provides a covered area around two sides of the vehicle and makes cooking in poor weather a bit easier. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modular camper van sleeps two and hauls gear, asks $37K," 22 Oct. 2018 Comforters typically are thick and fluffy (making them especially great in colder weather), are covered in a durable fabric, and filled with down or synthetic fibers. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Guide to the Duvet Cover," 11 Oct. 2018 Wash your face with lukewarm water rather than hot or cold and make sure to protect your face in cold weather. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "How to Treat Broken Capillaries on Your Face — and Prevent Them in the First Place," 27 Sep. 2018 The next step will be the installation of its smile on either Aug. 8 or 9, weather permitting. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smile will return to iconic Delafield barn in early August as new toy, candy shop prepares to open," 11 July 2018 City officials said this week the conversion of Downer from Broadway to State will take place July 18, weather permitting. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora set to make Downer Place a two-way street through East Side," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

McSally appears to have weathered any residual controversy to secure the appointment, however. Li Zhou, Vox, "Republican Martha McSally lost Arizona’s Senate race. She’s being appointed to the Senate anyway.," 18 Dec. 2018 Tencent Music executives in an interview said that while the macro environment hasn’t been ideal, the music-streaming industry is better-positioned than many to weather an economic downturn and a souring of U.S.-China trade relations. Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Tencent Music Rises in Trading Debut," 12 Dec. 2018 With wages in the U.S. climbing, Americans have so far been able to weather the higher prices. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Senate rebuke of Trump tariffs won't actually change anything," 12 July 2018 America is still beautiful for stocks Still, according to the BlackRock team, many stocks—especially those of U.S. companies—are in good shape to weather any choppiness ahead. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "Here’s What the World’s Biggest Investor Thinks the Markets Will Do Next," 9 July 2018 Plus, Walton knows how to weather storms of media coverage having dealt with the LaVar Ball headlines for a season while helping to sculpt Magic Johnson's point guard of the future — Lonzo Ball. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Ranking LeBron James' seven NBA head coaches over the course of his career," 5 July 2018 Thanks to all the excess heat generated by incandescent bulbs, traditional traffic lights were able to weather even the worst of snow and ice storms, melting off any accumulation that would threaten to obscure the view. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Huge Advantages (and One Problem) of LED Traffic Lights," 15 May 2018 Modern survey methods, like laser scanning, can produce incredibly detailed digital models of a site, right down to the subtleties of carvings or weathering on the surface of a stone block. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists reconstruct pre-Columbian temple with 3D-printed blocks," 17 Dec. 2018 Amber, in the classic disguise of a beret and sunglasses, has to weather the paparazzi, and the antics of a kooky (and possibly insensitively) conceived wedding planner. Vogue, "A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding," 15 Nov. 2018

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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

the 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 \

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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