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

During the hot summer weather only four weeks are needed to grow a transplant from seed. Tom Maccubbin,, "Caterpillar invasion isn't end for healthy tree," 14 July 2018 There were also fireflies everywhere on the big lawn, which the children chased around all evening once the weather cleared. Fortune, "'Glamping' Has Officially Come to New York City," 12 July 2018 With the weather getting worse, the Coast Guard crew decided to rescue everyone at once. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Rescue crew recalls dramatic moment they found survivors of Alaska plane crash," 11 July 2018 The weather's only going to get hotter, but no matter. Rebecca Farley,, "In Washington, D.C., Taylor Swift Finally Performed "So It Goes"," 11 July 2018 The update listed the road closure as lasting until late October, although the timeline could be delayed, depending on the weather. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Construction will close Mequon Road for 4-5 months at Country Aire Drive in Germantown," 11 July 2018 Rescuers had three plans in mind: drilling teams would find a way to bore a hole into the cave where the boys were taking shelter; or water pumps could take out enough water to allow the boys to walk out of the cave, assuming the weather held. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "The Thai Cave Rescue, Before Its Triumph, Teetered on the Brink of Disaster," 11 July 2018 Saturday’s high was 105 degrees, and the weather began to cool on Sunday, when the high was 99 degrees at Ramona Airport. Ramona Sentinel, "Town sizzles through record-breaking heat," 11 July 2018 One of Giannandrea’s early roles was at a startup named TellMe, which ran a phone line that used voice recognition to answer callers’ queries on things like the weather and the stock market. James Vincent, The Verge, "Apple’s new AI chief might actually be the right person to fix Siri," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Brown, who joined a year ago, has had to weather a stormy period at Google. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Google says it will focus diversity efforts on black, Hispanic women," 14 June 2018 Vanderbilt will have to weather visits to Notre Dame and Georgia and a home date with South Carolina during the first six games. Edgar Thompson,, "Vanderbilt Commodores face uphill challenge in SEC, No. 106 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 13 May 2018 In the past, union leaders including Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, supported Munoz, who has weathered repeated public relations crises, many tied to the mistreatment or physical assault of passengers. Josh Eidelson,, "United accused of broad anti-union campaign using TVs, threats," 31 May 2018 Sports are often less about playing well than playing well at the right time, and no team has epitomized that weathered cliché more than the Xolos, no player more than Lucero. Mark Zeigler,, "Cinderella Xolos head to second semifinal leg at Toluca with lead," 12 May 2018 Mahathir told the crowd who weathered through the rain to the end of the speech. Laignee Barron / Kedah, Time, "Mahathir Mohamad’s Last Stand: Malaysia's Aging Strongman Seeks to Unseat His Protégé," 8 May 2018 The Knights of Malta, the ancient Roman Catholic aristocratic lay order that weathered a governance scandal last year, has elected an Italian nobleman as its leader for life. Fox News, "Knights of Malta elect Italian leader for life after crisis," 2 May 2018 This course rewards golfers who can weather irritation and punishes those who can’t, which Spieth knows as well as anyone. Stephanie Apstein,, "Spieth Manages to Stay in Contention Despite Less-Than-Stellar Round," 6 Apr. 2018 Experts believe that contact with a loving, nurturing parent or caregiver can help children weather stress and reduce chances for lasting ill effects. Washington Post, "Science Says: How family separation may affect kids’ brains," 28 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

the 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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the setting in which something occurs

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