Definition of perish verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    perish

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    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 2[intransitive] (formal) to be lost or destroyed Early buildings were made of wood and have perished.
  3. 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
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French periss-, lengthened stem of perir, from Latin perire ‘pass away’, from per- ‘through, completely’ + ire ‘go’.Idioms (informal or humorous) used to say that you find a suggestion unacceptable or that you hope that something will never happen Me get married? Perish the thought!
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