wither

verb
with·​er | \ ˈwi-t͟hər How to pronounce wither (audio) \
withered; withering\ ˈwit͟h-​riŋ , ˈwi-​t͟hə-​ How to pronounce wither (audio) \

Definition of wither

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

1 : to cause to wither
2 : to make speechless or incapable of action : stun withered him with a look— Dorothy Sayers

wither

noun

Definition of wither (Entry 2 of 3)

chiefly British

Wither

biographical name
With·​er | \ ˈwi-t͟hər How to pronounce Wither (audio) \

Definition of Wither (Entry 3 of 3)

George 1588–1667 English poet and pamphleteer

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Synonyms for wither

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of wither in a Sentence

Verb The plants withered and died. shortly after the moon landing, interest in the space program withered
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Brazil’s farmers are girding for one of their biggest slumps in output in almost 20 years after months of drought left plants to wither. Will Horner, WSJ, 12 July 2021 Many of these will wither away from lack of finance. Wood Mackenzie, Forbes, 10 June 2021 And, if that doesn't happen, the commission legislation will, effectively, wither on the vine. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 19 May 2021 When there is a drop in need, several groups said, programs wither. Washington Post, 3 May 2021 But after orchestrating the sale, the Trump administration inexplicably let the deal wither away rather than actually pull the trigger. Scott Nover, Quartz, 22 June 2021 Also, unlike the owners of fruit and nut trees, whose investments would wither in a few weeks without water, rice farmers can leave a field fallow for a year, even two. New York Times, 28 June 2021 Cicadas do trees a service by pruning the weak branches that wither and die from the weight of the eggs that are laid there. The Enquirer, 21 June 2021 Without this change, expect the Tesla story to wither, the business to stagnate and investors to join the executive departures. John S. Tobey, Forbes, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of wither

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wither

Verb

Middle English widren; probably akin to Middle English weder weather

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The first known use of wither was in the 14th century

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“Wither.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wither. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for wither

wither

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wither

of a plant : to become dry and weak

wither

verb
with·​er | \ ˈwi-t͟hər How to pronounce wither (audio) \
withered; withering

Kids Definition of wither

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

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