- 1[intransitive, transitive] to change, or make something change, colour or shape because of the effect of the sun, rain or wind This brick weathers to a warm pinkish-brown colour. weather something Her face was weathered by the sun. See related entries: How a building looks
- 2[transitive] weather something to come safely through a difficult period or experience The company just managed to weather the recession. She refuses to resign, intending to weather the storm (= wait until the situation improves again). Word Origin Old English weder, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch weer and German Wetter, probably also to the noun wind1.Extra examples Some of the stone has weathered badly. The company has managed to weather the storm. Their company had weathered the recession well. She refuses to resign, intending to weather the storm.
BrE BrE//ˈweðə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈweðər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they weather
BrE BrE//ˈweðə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈweðər//he / she / it weathers
BrE BrE//ˈweðəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈweðərz//past simple weathered
BrE BrE//ˈweðəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈweðərd//past participle weathered
BrE BrE//ˈweðəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈweðərd//-ing form weathering
BrE BrE//ˈweðərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈweðərɪŋ//How a building looks