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wither

verb with·er \ ˈwi-t͟hər \
Updated on: 26 May 2018

Definition of wither

withered; withering play \ˈwit͟h-riŋ, ˈwi-t͟hə-\
1 : to become dry and sapless; especially : to shrivel from or as if from loss of bodily moisture
2 : to lose vitality, force, or freshness
  • public support for the bill is withering
1 : to cause to wither
2 : to make speechless or incapable of action : stun
  • withered him with a look
  • —Dorothy Sayers

Examples of wither in a Sentence

  1. The plants withered and died.

  2. shortly after the moon landing, interest in the space program withered

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Origin and Etymology of wither

Middle English widren; probably akin to Middle English weder weather


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wither

noun

Definition of wither

chiefly British

First Known Use of wither

1607

in the meaning defined above

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Wither

biographical name With·er \ ˈwi-t͟hər \

Definition of Wither

George 1588–1667 English poet and pamphleteer

WITHER Defined for English Language Learners

wither

Definition of wither for English Language Learners

  • of a plant : to become dry and weak


WITHER Defined for Kids

wither

verb with·er \ ˈwi-t͟hər \

Definition of wither for Students

withered; withering
: to shrivel or cause to shrivel from or as if from loss of moisture : wilt


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