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weather

noun weath·er \ ˈwe-t͟hər \
Updated on: 15 May 2018
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
1 : ill
2 : drunk 1a

Examples of weather in a Sentence

  1. The weather today will be hot and dry.

  2. The hikers sought protection from the weather under an overhang.

  3. It looks like we're in for some weather tomorrow.

  4. We'll take a look at the weather right after this commercial break.

  5. Check the weather before you make plans.

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Origin and Etymology of weather

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

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weather

verb
weathered; weathering play \ˈwet͟h-riŋ, ˈwe-t͟hə-\
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
: to undergo or endure the action of the elements

Examples of weather in a Sentence

  1. The wood on the porch has weathered over the years.

  2. They weathered a terrible storm while at sea.

  3. He has weathered the criticism well.

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First Known Use of weather

15th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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weather

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

First Known Use of weather

1582

in the meaning defined above

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WEATHER Defined for English Language Learners

weather

  • : 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

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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weather

noun weath·er \ ˈwe-t͟hər \
: the state of the air and atmosphere in regard to how warm or cold, wet or dry, or clear or stormy it is

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weather

verb
weathered; weathering
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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