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wither

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verb with·er \ˈwi-thər\

Definition of wither

withered

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withering

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become dry and sapless; especially :  to shrivel from or as if from loss of bodily moisture

  3. 2 :  to lose vitality, force, or freshness <public support for the bill is withering>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to cause to wither

  6. 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>

Origin and Etymology of wither

Middle English widren; probably akin to Middle English weder weather


First Known Use: 14th century


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wither

noun with·er

Definition of wither

chiefly British

  1. :  withers

1607

First Known Use of wither

1607


Wither

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biographical name With·er \ˈwi-thər\

Definition of Wither

  1. George 1588–1667 English poet and pamphleteer


WITHER Defined for English Language Learners

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wither

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verb with·er \ˈwi-thər\

Definition of wither for English Language Learners

  • of a plant : to become dry and weak


WITHER Defined for Kids

wither

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verb with·er \ˈwi-thər\

Definition of wither for Students

withered

withering

  1. :  to shrivel or cause to shrivel from or as if from loss of moisture :  wilt



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