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Definition of weather noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the condition of the atmosphere at a particular place and time, such as the temperature, and if there is wind, rain, sun, etc. hot/cold/wet/fine/summer/windy, etc. weather Did you have good weather on your trip? I'm not going out in this weather! There's going to be a change in the weather. if the weather holds/breaks (= if the good weather continues/changes) The weather is very changeable at the moment. “Are you going to the beach tomorrow?” “It depends on the weather.” We'll have the party outside,weather permitting (= if it doesn't rain). a weather map/chart a weather report The tent protected us from the worst of the weather.
  2. 2the weather (informal) a report of what the weather will be like, that is on the radio or television, or in the newspapers to listen to the weather see also weather forecast
  3. Topic CollocationsThe Weathergood weather be bathed in/bask in/be blessed with/enjoy bright/brilliant/glorious sunshine the sun shines/warms something/beats down (on something) the sunshine breaks/streams through something fluffy/wispy clouds drift across the sky a gentle/light/stiff/cool/warm breeze blows in/comes in off the sea the snow crunches beneath/under somebody's feet/bootsbad weather thick/dark/storm clouds form/gather/roll in/cover the sky/block out the sun the sky darkens/turns black a fine mist hangs in the air a dense/heavy/thick fog rolls in the rain falls/comes down (in buckets/sheets)/pours down snow falls/comes down/covers something/blankets something the wind blows/whistles/howls/picks up/whips through something/sweeps across something strong/gale-force winds blow/gust (up to 80 mph) a storm is approaching/is moving inland/hits/strikes/rages thunder rolls/rumbles/sounds (forked/sheet) lightning strikes/hits/flashes a (blinding/snow) blizzard hits/strikes/blows/rages a tornado touches down/hits/strikes/destroys something/rips through something forecast/expect/predict rain/snow/a category-four hurricane rain pours (down) get caught in/seek shelter from/escape the rain be covered/shrouded in mist/a blanket of fog be in for/brave/shelter from a/the storm hear rolling/distant thunder be battered/buffeted by strong winds battle against/brave the elementsthe weather improves the sun breaks through the clouds the sky clears/brightens (up)/lightens (up) the clouds part/clear the rain stops/lets up/holds off the wind dies down the storm passes the mist/fog lifts/clearsIdioms
    in all weathers
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    in all kinds of weather, good and bad She goes out jogging in all weathers.
    keep a weather eye on somebody/something
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    to watch someone or something carefully in case you need to take action Keep a weather eye on your competitors.
    make heavy weather of something
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    to seem to find something more difficult or complicated than it needs to be People in this country make such heavy weather of learning languages.
    under the weather (informal)
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    if you are or feel under the weather, you feel slightly sick and not as well as usual
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: weather