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wither (ˈwɪðə



  1. (intransitive) (esp of a plant) to droop, wilt, or shrivel up
  2. (intransitive) often foll by away to fade or waste   ⇒  ■ all hope withered away
  3. (intransitive) to decay, decline, or disintegrate
  4. (transitive) to cause to wilt, fade, or lose vitality
  5. (transitive) to abash, esp with a scornful look
  6. (transitive) to harm or damage

Derived Forms

ˈwithered  adjective
ˈwitherer  noun
ˈwithering  adjective
ˈwitheringly  adverb

Word Origin

C14: perhaps variant of weather (vb); related to German verwittern to decay

Translations for 'wither'

  • British English: wither If someone or something withers, they become very weak. VERBWhen he went into retirement, he visibly withered.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: murchar
  • Chinese: 变虚弱变變虚虛弱
  • European Spanish: marchitarse
  • French: dépérir
  • German: verkümmern
  • Italian: appassire
  • Japanese: 弱まる
  • Korean: 약해지다
  • Portuguese: murchar
  • Spanish: marchitarse

Example Sentences Including 'wither'

But if we went public, we'd have money to do the things we must do if we're not to wither , and die of conservatism.
Gaskin, Catherine The Ambassador's Women
Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither ,
J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)
The common wisdom now was that with the Russians and their puppets out of the game, terrorism would dry up and wither away.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant


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