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 , ˈwe-​t͟hə-​ How to pronounce weather (audio) \

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most bourbon cocktails are warming, but the combination of the mint and the crushed ice makes this bourbon cocktail refreshing and perfect for warm weather. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 20 May 2022 Pretty pastels are emboldening into brights, foundations are lightening up for warmer weather, and lips are leaning more glossy than satin or matte. Marci Robin, Allure, 18 May 2022 This shirt-jacket from Everlane transitions easily from winter to spring, with a heavy twill texture that works as a light jacket and a mid-layer for colder weather. Anna Tingley, Variety, 18 May 2022 The Kuhl Renegade Convertible men's pants are ideal for hiking in the spring or fall—they can be worn as full-length pants on chilly mornings, and the legs zip for warmer weather during the day. Camryn Rabideau, Popular Mechanics, 18 May 2022 Computer models, however, do indicate areas north and northeast of the Washington and Baltimore may see more ingredients come together for widespread severe weather. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 Storm Prediction Center has a Level 1 out of 5 (or marginal) risk for severe weather in place across a large part of the state -- roughly along and south of the Interstate 50/20 corridor. Leigh Morgan, al, 16 May 2022 While strong storms could create gusty winds and hail in the morning, the greatest possibility for severe weather will be during the afternoon and into the night, according to a briefing from the National Weather Service. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 15 May 2022 The fire was expected to push north and east Thursday, but crews were anticipating a break on Friday and through the weekend as the forecast called for milder weather. Marcio J. Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the meantime, several upcoming primary elections for Congress and governor will test Trump's political capital — and whether Republicans who have fallen out of favor with Trump can weather Trump's endorsements of their rivals. Robert Costa, CBS News, 4 May 2022 Kirthi Kalyanam, director of the Retail Management Institute at Santa Clara University, predicts that Union Square will weather this storm. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Nov. 2021 The recent outperformance of the stock likely reflects the ability of the firm to weather any storm and some of the acquisition opportunities that could arise out of disruptions. Bill Stone, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Apple’s ability to weather supply chain issues and post record quarterly sales of $124 billion understandably drew the most headlines Thursday, but there’s another success story deeper in the financial statements. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 28 Jan. 2022 Maintaining routines and rituals will also help your child feel more confident in their ability to weather the storm. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2022 Love said despite losing three of four, the team’s ability to weather a tough stretch can only help in the long run. Joe Noga, cleveland, 4 Jan. 2022 This time, though, the victims of all those pratfalls, bumps and bruises are a seemingly ordinary couple, other than their extraordinarily bad judgment and ability to weather a lot of physical punishment. Brian Lowry, CNN, 11 Nov. 2021 Arians and his players hope that time will enable his team to heal up and if so, the ability to weather this early adversity while continuing to win games will prove valuable late in the year. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And now people with a non-weather background reference it, too. Jennifer Sangalang, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2022 These breakfasts are particularly popular in Asia and the Pacific, especially at warm-weather private villa resorts in places like Thailand, Fiji and the Maldives. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 21 June 2021 Current laws allow non-weather water loss claims up to five years after the incident that caused the damage. Ron Hurtibise,, 14 Nov. 2020 Sun Country’s business consists of commercial flights between the United States and warm-weather international vacation destinations, transporting cargo for Amazon, and charter flights. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2020 That chapter has not stopped the media personality from sharing his non-weather opinions on social media. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 12 Aug. 2020 See More

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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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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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