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

All of this to say, while the weather is uncontrollable, skin health is not. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How Seasonal Changes and the Weather Can Affect Your Skin," 5 Sep. 2018 The weather is beautiful, and this place is incredible! Jill Colvin,, "Before Putin meeting, Trump blames predecessor for election meddling," 14 July 2018 The weather is beautiful, and this place is incredible! CBS News, "10,000 protest Trump in Edinburgh, Scotland -- live updates," 14 July 2018 For some of us, the weather is a roller coaster ride that determines each year’s financial outcome. The Aegis, "Roller coaster ride [Editorial]," 13 July 2018 The weather was a pleasant-as-can-be 72 degrees at the opening whistle of the friendly between Liga MX teams C.F. Pachuca and Club Leon. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "C.F. Pachuca beats Club Leon in third-ever friendly at Miller Park," 11 July 2018 This program will be held inside if weather is poor. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 10 July 2018 The weather was beautiful, even a bit chilly, and the park was bustling with lots of photographers. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "Photos: Bumblebees swarm Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens as lotus flowers reach peak bloom," 9 July 2018 Very peaceful atmosphere here at St James’s Palace and the weather is perfect! Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Princess Charlotte and Prince George Steal the Show at Their Brother’s Christening," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In a study published last May in the journal Nature Climate Change, University of North Carolina biologist John Bruno found that even MPAs won't be able to weather warming temperatures and other impacts of climate change. National Geographic, "Marine Protected Areas Are Important. But Are They Working?," 16 June 2018 This is not the first major dust storm weathered by Opportunity, which landed on the Red Planet in January 2004: An even larger storm forced the rover to stand down for two weeks in 2007. Mike Wall,, "NASA's Curiosity Rover Is Tracking a Huge Dust Storm on Mars (Photo)," 12 June 2018 And in the middle stand the administrators of Twitter and other platforms, who would like to do nothing so much as buckle down and weather the storm. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Immigration Fight Shows Silicon Valley Must Stop Feigning Neutrality," 8 July 2018 Yemeni fighters combating the group in the hinterlands of Shabwa and Abyan provinces say al-Qaeda has weathered this pounding and remains a fierce opponent. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "U.S. airstrikes are pounding the group in Yemen, yet the militants fight on fiercely," 6 July 2018 California public employee unions, buoyed by sympathetic politicians in the governor’s office and the Legislature, feel better equipped to weather the effects of Janus than other states. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "After 'wake-up call' from Supreme Court, California unions face tough political choices," 3 July 2018 During the event, Florida consumers can avoid paying local and state sales taxes — 6 to 7.5 percent depending on your county — on things needed to weather a storm. Kyle Arnold,, "Tax-free 'holiday' starts for hurricane supplies," 1 June 2018 But when Prince Harry and his fiancee, Meghan Markle, made a visit to Brixton this year, Carter bought a bouquet and weathered a chilly afternoon waiting for a glimpse of the couple. Karla Adam,, "How Meghan Markle's race could modernize the British monarchy: 'We need a bit of color in the royal family'," 10 May 2018 Indianapolis has been named a finalist, weathering the storm as the herd of contenders was trimmed from more than 200 to just 20 in a matter of months. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Amazon HQ2: Everything you need to know as Indianapolis awaits an answer," 4 Apr. 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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