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

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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 As the storm continues to move into the area Monday, the weather service warned that driving could be challenging along the Seward Highway. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Ski areas close Monday as heavy winds and rain move into Southcentral Alaska," 18 Jan. 2021 Rain and low-level snow are possible later in the week, the weather service says. oregonlive, "Portland metro Saturday weather: Enjoy the winter sun," 16 Jan. 2021 Winds could gust from 60 to 80 mph, and possibly higher, the weather service said, with red flag fire conditions almost a certainty, prolonging the recent outbreak of brush fires across Southern California. Los Angeles Times, "Strong, potentially damaging winds possible for L.A. region early next week, forecasters say," 16 Jan. 2021 The weather service in Birmingham said visibilities could be reduced to a quarter mile or less in foggy areas. Leigh Morgan, al, "Freezing fog again a concern for part of Alabama," 14 Jan. 2021 Blizzard conditions could develop across west central into south central Minnesota where the strongest winds are expected, the weather service said. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities in line for up to 9 inches of snow with year's first storm," 13 Jan. 2021 Waves that large have the potential to wash people off jetties and rocks and into the cold ocean, the weather service said. Michael Williams,, "Bay Area coastlines to see dangerous surf on Sunday," 9 Jan. 2021 Rainfall amounts are predicted to range from half an inch to two inches, a weather service briefing states. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Forecasters expand snow predictions for north Arkansas; heavy rain expected across state," 5 Jan. 2021 The weather service's Storm Prediction Center has slightly changed the coverage areas for the two different degrees of risk for the region. Mark Schleifstein,, "High winds, hail, tornadoes still possible for south Louisiana's New Year's Eve," 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There’s also the question of Meyer’s own resilience, his ability to lose without blowing a gasket, to weather storms that so often arise in the muck of NFL competition. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Urban Meyer can thrive in the NFL, if it doesn’t destroy him," 15 Jan. 2021 In recent months, ultralow yields have stoked a boom in mortgage refinancing, helped larger companies weather disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and lifted stock prices by pushing investors to seek returns in riskier assets. Julia-ambra Verlaine And Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Possible Vaccine Powers Bond-Yield Surge, Adding to Postelection Volatility," 9 Nov. 2020 Indeed, this summer has been filled with school and teacher-union leaders demanding billions to help schools weather COVID-19. Brandon L. Wright, National Review, "Schools Can Do Better with the Dollars They Have," 18 Sep. 2020 From Taco Tuesdays to virtual happy hours to online wine dinners, Elliot Alaya said adapting to the circumstances and keeping customers engaged has helped her restaurants weather multiple shut downs. Christen Smith, Washington Examiner, "Restaurants in Pennsylvania find creative ways to survive amid restrictions," 29 Dec. 2020 Ski equipment rentals are open from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays weather and snow conditions permitting. Annie Alleman,, "Northwest Indiana can accommodate your wish to ski, snowboard," 23 Dec. 2020 The deal aimed at helping Americans weather the fallout from COVID-19's relentless winter was hatched at a small gathering fueled by pasta. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "How the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill came together over a pasta dinner and Zoom chats," 22 Dec. 2020 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, was designed to help communities weather a 90-day period. CNN, "Small businesses owners: Our livelihoods are at stake and Congress doesn't seem to care," 10 Dec. 2020 More homes will be clad in environmentally friendly materials, built to weather the elements and conserve energy. Michelle Ma, WSJ, "The House of Tomorrow," 10 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Current laws allow non-weather water loss claims up to five years after the incident that caused the damage. Ron Hurtibise,, "As property insurance costs skyrocket, lawmakers will consider these ideas to keep coverage affordable," 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, "Treasury emergency aid loan goes to airline backed by Amazon and Apollo, showing government’s long reach," 21 Oct. 2020 That chapter has not stopped the media personality from sharing his non-weather opinions on social media. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "Former KARE meteorologist Sven Sundgaard gets new weather gig at Bring Me the News," 12 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'weather.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Weather.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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