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

After a few dormant months of winter hibernation, warm weather is finally about to kick in. Nicola Fumo, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Chic Looks You Can Wear to Work and on the Weekend," 18 Mar. 2019 The weather was a bit dreary (so, typical for England) but Kate livened up the event in a gorgeous olive outfit. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Braves the Rain in an Olive Sportsmax Coat and Manu Atelier Clutch," 6 Mar. 2019 When the weather turns cold, maintain a warm greenhouse by installing an electric heater that’s equipped with a thermostatically controlled fan. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Greenhouse," 28 Jan. 2019 But more often than not the top defenses have managed to hold those dynamic offenses in check when the weather turns colder and the games get more important in the postseason. Josh Dubow, The Seattle Times, "Modern NFL makes it harder for D to lead way to title," 2 Jan. 2019 The weather outside might already be turning frightful, but Too Faced has a new eyeshadow palette that will make your winter beauty routine totally delightful. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "What Too Faced’s Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette Looks Like on 19 Different Skin Tones," 9 Nov. 2018 And Nuro sidelines its fleet when the weather turns sour. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Self-driving delivery startup Nuro releases its voluntary safety report," 13 Sep. 2018 In most of the country, the weather is still cold AF, and spring can feel so far away. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here’s What’s Coming to/Leaving Netflix in March 2019," 20 Feb. 2019 Einstein Moving Company, which also has locations in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, Texas, the weather is an important factor. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "How Much Should You Be Tipping Your Movers?," 12 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Multiple other officials remain in place but are weathering scandals of their own, including Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency and Ben Carson at Housing and Urban Development. Brian Bennett, Time, "President Trump's Knack for Winging It Caught Up With Him This Week," 27 Apr. 2018 Much of the country is weathering frigid temperatures this weekend, but Britney Spears is all about spending a day warm on the sand. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, "Britney Spears Frolics on the Shore in a Bikini in Playful Beach Video," 6 Jan. 2018 Mexico played its 2018 World Cup opener on its terms, could’ve and probably should’ve been up by multiple goals at halftime and did well to weather the inevitable German storm toward the end. Brian Straus,, "Mexico Can Dream Bigger at World Cup After Beating Powerhouse Germany," 17 June 2018 Even though less flagrant grifting has sunk other cabinet members, Pruitt seems likely to weather the storm. Luke Darby, GQ, "Scott Pruitt Wants the EPA to Be His Personal Travel Agency," 4 May 2018 Community Shelters in Cullman County have been opened for those who need a safe place to weather the storms. Anna Beahm,, "Alabama severe weather: Find the storm shelter closest to you," 19 Nov. 2017 To get to that point, Bell had weathered more than most. Connor Letourneau,, "Jordan Bell: How Warriors center handled up-and-down rookie season," 30 June 2018 For years Kelly has weathered the allegations and continued to record and tour. Brandon Griggs, CNN, "R. Kelly's reputation has long been tainted by sex crime allegations. Now, he finds his career under siege," 10 May 2018 As an older field that analysts say needs a higher price to be economic, the Bakken is a test case for the industry’s ability to weather a steep oil-price decline. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, "Oil’s Tumble Threatens U.S. Shale Drillers," 26 Nov. 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
: 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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an act or instance of returning to life

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