1

wilt

\ wəlt , ˈwilt \

Definition of wilt

  • archaic present tense second-person singular of will

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wilt

verb \ ˈwilt \

Definition of wilt

intransitive verb
1 a :to lose turgor from lack of water
  • the plants wilted in the heat
b :to become limp
2 :to grow weak or faint :languish
transitive verb
:to cause to wilt

Examples of wilt in a Sentence

  1. The hot weather wilted the plants.

  2. The crowd wilted in the heat.

  3. He wilted under the pressure.

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Origin and Etymology of wilt

alteration of earlier welk, from Middle English welken, probably from Middle Dutch; akin to Old High German erwelkēn to wilt

wilt Synonyms

Synonyms
flag, hang, loll, sag, swag, droop
Related Words
slouch, slump; cave (in), collapse, crumple, drop, fall, sink, subside, yield
Near Antonyms
distend, stiffen; rise, straighten, unbend, uncurl

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wilt

noun \ ˈwilt \

Definition of wilt

1 :an act or instance of wilting :the state of being wilted
2 a :a disorder (such as a fungus disease) of plants marked by loss of turgidity in soft tissues with subsequent drooping and often shriveling called also wilt disease
b :polyhedrosis of caterpillars

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First Known Use of wilt

1855


WILT Defined for English Language Learners

wilt

verb

Definition of wilt for English Language Learners

  • of a plant : to bend over because of not having enough water

  • : to become weak and tired especially because of hot weather

  • : to lose energy, confidence, effectiveness, etc.


WILT Defined for Kids

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wilt

verb \ ˈwilt \

Definition of wilt for Students

wilted; wilting
1 :to lose freshness and become limp
  • The roses are wilting.
2 :to lose strength
  • … Mr. Kamata's sturdy … smile was beginning to wilt.
  • —Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Egypt Game

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wilt

noun

Definition of wilt for Students

:a plant disease (as of tomatoes) in which wilting and browning of leaves leads to death of the plant


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