weath·​er | \ ˈwe-t͟hər How to pronounce weather (audio) \

Essential Meaning of weather

1 : the state of the air and atmosphere at a particular time and place : the temperature and other outside conditions (such as rain, cloudiness, etc.) at a particular time and place How's the weather? The weather today will be hot and dry. See More Examplessevere/foul/mild/hot/cold weather a weather report/forecast The picnic will be outside, weather permitting. [=if the weather is good enough to allow it] (Brit) She likes to ride her bike in all weathers. [=in any kind of weather]Hide
2 : bad or stormy weather The hikers sought protection from the weather under an overhang. It looks like we're in for some weather tomorrow.
3 : a report or forecast about the weather We'll take a look at the weather right after this commercial break. Check the weather before you make plans.

Full Definition of weather

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the state of the atmosphere with respect to heat or cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm, clearness or cloudiness
2 : state or vicissitude of life or fortune
3 : disagreeable atmospheric conditions: such as
a : rain, storm
b : cold air with dampness
to weather
: in the direction from which the wind is blowing
under the weather


weathered; weathering\ ˈwet͟h-​riŋ , ˈwe-​t͟hə-​ How to pronounce weather (audio) \

Definition of weather (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to expose to the open air : subject to the action of the elements
2 : to bear up against and come safely through weather a storm weather a crisis

intransitive verb

: to undergo or endure the action of the elements



Definition of weather (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or relating to the side facing the wind — compare lee

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Synonyms for weather

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of weather in a Sentence

Noun The weather today will be hot and dry. The hikers sought protection from the weather under an overhang. It looks like we're in for some weather tomorrow. We'll take a look at the weather right after this commercial break. Check the weather before you make plans. Verb The wood on the porch has weathered over the years. They weathered a terrible storm while at sea. He has weathered the criticism well.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Biden said extreme weather events will cost more than $100 billion in damages this year and underscored his goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 while using solely carbon pollution-free power 15 years earlier. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 Additionally, over the last five years, there have been on average 16.2 extreme weather events annually. George Schultze, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 The President traveled to California and Idaho to survey damage from wildfires and argued that extreme weather events were only increasing in intensity and frequency and that the nation needed to act swiftly to address the climate crisis. Kate Sullivan, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 The estimates focus on the impact of warmer temperatures and exclude the consequences of extreme weather events., 16 Sep. 2021 The report didn’t look at the short-term impacts of climate change, such as the effects of extreme weather events, and did not look at climate migration across borders. Renata Brito, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Sep. 2021 Ida showed up during what was already shaping up to be one of the costliest years of the past decade for natural disasters, with insured losses from all global weather events hitting a 10-year high of $42 billion over the first six months of 2021. Ron Hurtibise,, 13 Sep. 2021 A third of Americans were impacted by extreme weather events over the past three months, according to a recent assessment by The Washington Post. Aryn Baker, Time, 13 Sep. 2021 Bonetti said a major wake-up call for her about the increasingly unstable climate, and the threat posed by its extreme weather events, was the 2017 Thomas Fire, which her partner photographed. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the meantime, anti-poverty advocates say the CTC has helped families weather the ongoing effects of the pandemic. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2021 If audiences can weather its apocalypse, the show might well become something special by the time rebuilding commences. Judy Berman, Time, 8 Sep. 2021 The Center for American Progress recently reported that the nation’s long-standing Black-white wealth gap between Blacks and whites hurt Black households’ ability to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Julie Washington, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2021 The 2008 economic crisis is a great example where prudent financial and strategic tactics allowed many companies to weather the storm and come out ready to thrive and prosper. Simon S. Mass, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 As the heat set in and smoke clouded the Reno skyline on Thursday, Crawford and Anton took a long walk, then talked through how to weather their uncertain stays at the convention center. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Sep. 2021 Mfume said his priorities include helping Baltimoreans and others weather the health and economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2021 Asset managers have supported some of the regulators’ ideas, including one that might ensure higher-yielding prime money funds will weather future runs without the need for government support. Justin Baer, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 Across two presidential administrations, the federal government embarked on a major program of borrowing and spending to help small businesses, large corporations and households weather the worst of the shock. Matt Phillips, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These breakfasts are particularly popular in Asia and the Pacific, especially at warm-weather private villa resorts in places like Thailand, Fiji and the Maldives. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 21 June 2021 Current laws allow non-weather water loss claims up to five years after the incident that caused the damage. Ron Hurtibise,, 14 Nov. 2020 Sun Country’s business consists of commercial flights between the United States and warm-weather international vacation destinations, transporting cargo for Amazon, and charter flights. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2020 That chapter has not stopped the media personality from sharing his non-weather opinions on social media. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of weather


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for weather


Middle English weder, from Old English; akin to Old High German wetar weather, Old Church Slavonic vetrŭ wind

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“Weather.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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weath·​er | \ ˈwe-t͟hər How to pronounce weather (audio) \

Kids Definition of weather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the state of the air and atmosphere in regard to how warm or cold, wet or dry, or clear or stormy it is


weathered; weathering

Kids Definition of weather (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to change (as in color or structure) by the action of the weather
2 : to be able to last or come safely through They weathered a storm.

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