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English Word of the Day

wither




Definitions

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wither
     1. adv. (obsolete, or chiefly in compounds) Against, in opposition to.
     2. v. (obsolete) To go against, resist; oppose.
     3. v. (intransitive) To shrivel, droop or dry up, especially from lack of water.
     4. v. To cause to shrivel or dry up.
     5. v. (intransitive, figurative) To lose vigour or power; to languish; to pass away.
     6. v. (intransitive) To become helpless due to emotion.
     7. v. To make helpless due to emotion.
     8. n. singular of withers, , part of the back of a four-legged animal that is between the shoulder blades

Example Sentences

Together, they slowly collapse, wither and die. 


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