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


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



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

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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 Scientists say the unusually warm weather in the area is causing ice to melt and affecting the bears' hunting habits. Radina Gigova, CNN, "Dozens of polar bears are 'crowding' a Russian village in search of food," 6 Dec. 2019 Last year, about 150 people attended despite the windy and wet weather. Taylor Deville,, "‘Largest crowd we’ve ever had’ turns out for annual Catonsville Christmas tree lighting," 5 Dec. 2019 The accelerated Arctic warming affects weather in the continental US and around the entire Northern Hemisphere by changing the temperature contrast between mid- and high-latitude parts of the globe. Wired, "The Arctic Is Warming Much Faster Than the Rest of Earth," 4 Dec. 2019 Because of the weather in Los Angeles, there are no rules in terms of dressing. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Tessa Thompson Talks Her Love For Nostalgic Pieces And The Importance Of Supporting Small Businesses," 4 Dec. 2019 Everything in This Slideshow Holiday Drinks 101 With the holiday season upon us and chilly weather in full force, the craving for a warm, creamy beverage from Starbucks is bound to kick in at some point. Jessica Fecteau,, "Every Starbucks Holiday Beverage, Ranked from Least to Most Calories," 3 Dec. 2019 Spokeswoman Nancy Volmer said some of those may have related to weather in other cities. Arkansas Online, "Snow, winds wane after tangling traffic, threatening parade," 28 Nov. 2019 Whatever your method, just be sure to bring sunglasses and bundle up—the weather in NYC this year looks to be sunny but cold. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 2019 Information and Event History," 27 Nov. 2019 Wednesday’s weather in the city will be mostly sunny, with a high temperature near 27 degrees. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Winter storm moving out after blasting Denver and Colorado’s Front Range with heavy snow," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Known as the Samail Ophiolite, weathering and microbial life inside the rock take carbon dioxide out of the air and turns it into carbonate minerals. National Geographic, "Earth's rocks can absorb a shocking amount of carbon: here’s how," 24 Oct. 2019 But Warren held her ground, weathered the blows and emerged largely unscathed. NBC News, "Who won the Democratic debate in October?," 16 Oct. 2019 Originally called the May-Lane, the motel has for decades weathered sales and scuttled plans to turn it into a strip mall, and senior facility, according to Raghavachary. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "La Crescenta Motel becomes battleground for development debate," 1 Oct. 2019 This brings us to the crux of our exploration: weathering and black maternal mortality. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Biological Weathering and Its Deadly Effect on Black Mothers," 30 Sep. 2019 Pitt seems to be growing more weathered, and more beautiful, with each role. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Brad Pitt Can Handle Outer Space But Not His Own Feelings in the Gorgeous Ad Astra," 30 Aug. 2019 One reason why the U.S. stock market has been able to keep driving higher is that investors have bet on a handful of dominant technology companies weathering the fallout from tighter trade policies. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Meet the Bear-Market Stocks Hiding in S&P 500’s Record Run," 24 Sep. 2018 When the Patriots started to storm back, Jackson weathered it., "BALTIMORE — The Ravens long drives made short work of the Patriots Sunday night.," 5 Nov. 2019 Trudeau also weathered blistering attacks by President Donald Trump on what will replace NAFTA. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "What every Michigander needs to know about Canada, Justin Trudeau," 2 Nov. 2019

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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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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Weather.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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 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


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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