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

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

Meanwhile, look for nice weather in southern Wisconsin for Saturday with rain and thunderstorm chances making their way back into the forecast on Sunday into Sunday night. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wild-looking fog in Milwaukee Thursday evening was courtesy of our lovely Lake Michigan, which thinks it's still winter," 7 June 2019 Warnings are issued when weather patterns create climate conditions that allow fires to burn faster and longer: strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures. Gwendolyn Wu,, "Summer is here: Red flag warning issued for North Bay ahead of heat wave," 7 June 2019 High up on Mount Washington, renowned for its bad weather, a legal storm is brewing over passenger fees and 19th century property rights. USA TODAY, "Ladybug storm, a riot going on, sweaty Sparty: News from around our 50 states," 6 June 2019 Participants should don appropriate footwear and dress for the weather., "Brecksville Reservation history hike highlights contributions of New Deal agencies," 6 June 2019 Experts say climate change means more extreme weather events, and Guatemala lacks the resources — and, critics say, the political will — to help impoverished communities with no paved roads or running water. Washington Post, "Guatemalans still risk migration despite child deaths in US," 6 June 2019 With more energy added to the planetary system, weather events will be more energetic. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: The real impacts of climate change have just begun," 6 June 2019 In addition to reduced trade with China, U.S. farmers are dealing with extreme weather events such as flooding in the Midwest and low commodity prices. Lynn Brezosky,, "Trade war with China is hitting Texas grain farmers," 6 June 2019 The results show that while 80% of the largest companies expect climate change to result in major changes including extreme weather patterns, some firms have not yet studied the issue closely. Charles Riley, CNN, "Climate change will cost companies $1 trillion. It also means huge opportunities," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pittman regained her footing in the next game, weathered volley after volley to climb back into the set. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Cathedral's Ellie Pittman, Carmel doubles duo win IHSAA individual tennis championships," 8 June 2019 Having weathered the Bruins’ offensive charge, the Blues came out confidently in the second period and took a 1-0 lead on Ryan O’Reilly’s sixth goal of the postseason. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Stanley Cup Finals: Jordan Binnington helps Blues move one win from first championship," 6 June 2019 Crush — New paintings featuring the beauty in Alaska’s structures and weathered exterior from Robin Farmer. Anchorage Daily News, "Here is what you can expect for First Friday this week," 6 June 2019 Investors in the debt markets are betting Huawei Technologies Co. can weather U.S. pressure—with assistance from the Chinese state if necessary. Quentin Webb, WSJ, "Bondholders Wager Huawei Will Withstand American Onslaught," 29 May 2019 An embellished self-image seems to help us weather the ups and downs of daily life. Steve Ayan, Scientific American, "10 Things You Don’t Know About Yourself," 15 May 2018 So why do women continue to line up to stick themselves with needles and agree to weather the somewhat hazy health hazards? Andrea Stanley, Redbook, "The Scary Truth About Donating Your Eggs," 19 Oct. 2017 When weathered into soil, this shale is perfect for growing cotton, a cash crop planted at a time... Robert M. Thorson, WSJ, "‘Origins’ Review: The Earth and Us," 9 May 2019 Video: Clément Bürge Mr. Bechar believes that only the biggest crypto companies will be able to weather the volatile industry. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bitcoin Is in the Dumps, Spreading Gloom Over Crypto World," 19 Mar. 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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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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