- 1[intransitive] (formal or literary) (of people or animals) to die, especially in a sudden violent way A family of four perished in the fire. Thousands perished at the hands of the invading forces.
- 2[intransitive] (formal) to be lost or destroyed Early buildings were made of wood and have perished.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] perish (something) (British English) if a material such as rubber perishes or is perished, it becomes damaged, weaker or full of holes Word Origin Middle English: from Old French periss-, lengthened stem of perir, from Latin perire
BrE BrE//ˈperɪʃ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈperɪʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they perish
BrE BrE//ˈperɪʃ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈperɪʃ//he / she / it perishes
BrE BrE//ˈperɪʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈperɪʃɪz//past simple perished
BrE BrE//ˈperɪʃt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈperɪʃt//past participle perished
BrE BrE//ˈperɪʃt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈperɪʃt//-ing form perishing
BrE BrE//ˈperɪʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈperɪʃɪŋ//