wilt

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

Definition of wilt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

archaic present tense second-person singular of will

wilt

verb
\ 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

wilt

noun
\ 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 for wilt

Synonyms: Verb

droop, flag, hang, loll, sag, swag

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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

Add the chickpea puree, then stir in the artichokes and the spinach and cook until the spinach is just wilted and the artichokes have warmed through, about 2 minutes. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "A quick and flavorful chickpea stew for all your busy nights ahead," 9 Sep. 2019 Add the chickpea puree, then stir in the artichokes and the spinach and cook until the spinach is just wilted and the artichokes have warmed through, about 2 minutes. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "A quick and flavorful chickpea stew for all your busy nights ahead," 5 Sep. 2019 Add arugula a few handfuls at a time, gently tossing until wilted before adding more. Julia Levy, Health.com, "3 Healthy Recipes for Your Summer Tomatoes," 16 July 2019 Keep stirring until the greens are all wilted but still bright in color and their juices have released, 1 to 2 minutes total. 5 Using tongs, lift the solids out of the pan into your serving dish. Soleil Ho, latimes.com, "Off the shelf: The powerfully funky umami of Vietnamese fish paste," 20 June 2019 Add greens, fish sauce and remaining sugar, and sauté until greens wilt, 1-2 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Way We Should Have Been Eating Shrimp All Along," 20 June 2019 New £80m centre-back Harry Maguire was named Man of the Match for his impressive performance, showing no signs of wilting under the pressure of his price tag. SI.com, "Man Utd Finally Have a First Choice Defence After Using 24 Unique Combinations in PL Last Season," 12 Aug. 2019 The Angels could have wilted without the presence of their most intimidating hitter in the lineup. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: It all falls apart for the Dodgers," 17 July 2019 For areas infested with other pests, like the laurel wilt fungus that infects laurel trees, more than 11 percent of trees died over the course of a year. NBC News, "Survey of U.S. forests ties tree-killing insects to climate change," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Often, migrants’ remains are not found on local ranches until the canopy of brush wilts in the fall. Los Angeles Times, "Migrant traffic on the busiest stretch of border has decreased, but is the shift significant?," 27 July 2019 Even the faith’s rump formulation, postmodernism, wilts. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Harald Szeemann’s Revolutionary Curating," 15 July 2019 All five of the new varieties will be less susceptible to a range of diseases, including Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt and Macrophomina. Diane J Nelson, The Mercury News, "UC Davis releases 5 new ‘warrior’ strawberries to fight disease, increase yields," 11 July 2019 Some types are hosts for bacterial wilt disease, which is spread by cucumber beetles. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 12 July 2018 The tomato plant suddenly wilts and watering will not revive it. Dan Gill, nola.com, "Protect tomatoes from these diseases and pests," 13 Apr. 2019 Fusarium wilt, also known as yellows, produces yellow leaves and stunted heads. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Cabbage Is One Of The Easiest Vegetables To Grow In Your Garden," 24 May 2017 Some types are hosts for bacterial wilt disease, which is spread by cucumber beetles. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 12 July 2018 They are filled with a savory-sweet mixture of sauteed apple, onion and kale, done just enough so the apple becomes tender, the onion mellows and the kale wilts a bit. Ellie Krieger, The Seattle Times, "Big, juicy pork chops — stuffed and sauced with a flurry of fall flavors," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of wilt

Verb

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

Noun

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wilt

Verb

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

English Language Learners Definition of wilt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

old-fashioned used with "thou"

wilt

verb

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.

wilt

verb
\ 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

wilt

noun

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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