\ wəlt, ˈwilt How to pronounce wilt (audio) \

Definition of wilt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

archaic present tense second-person singular of will


\ ˈwilt How to pronounce wilt (audio) \
wilted; wilting; wilts

Definition of wilt (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : 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


\ ˈwilt How to pronounce wilt (audio) \

Definition of wilt (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : an act or instance of wilting : the state of being wilted
2a : 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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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of wilt in a Sentence

Verb The hot weather wilted the plants. The crowd wilted in the heat. He wilted under the pressure.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, that perfect gift of expression can wilt faster than a rose out of water when the flower company blows the order. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, 4 June 2021 Back was the grit of a roster that has refused to wilt since early March, and along with it, the nearly unstoppable offense of Paul George. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2021 Usually when the 3-pointer isn’t falling, the Celtics wilt. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Apr. 2021 Cook, stirring, until the onions are beginning to wilt, 2 minutes, then add in the bacon and thyme and continue to cook until the onions are soft, 2 minutes more. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Apr. 2021 But McCracken County didn’t wilt down the stretch, getting stellar play from Ian Hart and hitting 8 of 11 free throws to seal a 68-56 victory over the Chargers in the first round of the state tournament at Rupp Arena. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 1 Apr. 2021 Barty didn't wilt, ousting Sabalenka 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 for her third three-set win in four matches at the tournament. Tim Reynolds, ajc, 31 Mar. 2021 The Camels didn’t wilt after the Cardinals big first-half run. James Weber, The Enquirer, 28 Mar. 2021 Rennese Hogue, on her father, the first African American to receive a full athletic scholarship to the University of Georgia: When the cold weather started to come in around December, the plant started to wilt and turn yellow and brown. Emily Davies, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Inland gardeners are more likely to see fusarium wilt (F). Pam Peirce, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Apr. 2021 Pests and Diseases: The most common problems for cilantro are fungal wilt, leaf hoppers, aphids, whiteflies, and mildew. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 26 May 2020 Control insects by using antibacterial soap, and clean up debris or dead leaves to combat wilt and mildew. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 26 May 2020 While the general public wilts in the heat in interminable lines, Schwartz’s family and other visitors who have paid a premium price simply circumvent the queues. Kanishk Tharoor, The New Republic, 21 Apr. 2020 The biggest source of food waste in America is households, where produce wilts, milk spoils, and leftovers lurk at the back of the fridge until they are tossed. National Geographic, 30 Mar. 2020 Other oil majors have already pulled back on spending as energy demand wilts and job cuts in the oil patch have already begun. Dallas News, 24 Mar. 2020 The camera keeps rolling and through the inexorable march of time, the burger sits, the lettuce wilts, the tomato droops, and mold grows on the burger. Melissa Locker, Time, 19 Feb. 2020 Not all cyclamen do it, but watch for any wilt and quickly water the plant at the base. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of wilt


circa 1691, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wilt


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

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“Wilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wilt. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wilt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

old-fashioned used with "thou"



English Language Learners Definition of wilt (Entry 2 of 2)

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.


\ ˈwilt How to pronounce wilt (audio) \
wilted; wilting

Kids Definition of wilt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of wilt (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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