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

     

    wilt

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//wɪlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪlt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wilt
    BrE BrE//wɪlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪlt//
     
    he / she / it wilts
    BrE BrE//wɪlts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪlts//
     
    past simple wilted
    BrE BrE//ˈwɪltɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪltɪd//
     
    past participle wilted
    BrE BrE//ˈwɪltɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪltɪd//
     
    -ing form wilting
    BrE BrE//ˈwɪltɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪltɪŋ//
     
    Tiredness
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] wilt (something) if a plant or flower wilts, or something wilts it, it bends towards the ground because of the heat or a lack of water synonym droop
  2. 2[intransitive] (informal) to become weak or tired or less confident synonym flag The spectators were wilting visibly in the hot sun. He was wilting under the pressure of work. See related entries: Tiredness
  3. 3thou wilt (old use) used to mean ‘you will’, when talking to one person
  4. Word Originsenses 1 to 2 late 17th cent. (originally dialect): perhaps an alteration of dialect welk ‘lose freshness’, of Low German origin.Extra examples By half-time, the team was wilting under the pressure. Some of the leaves were beginning to wilt. The passengers were visibly wilting with the heat and movement of the bus. The plants will wilt in direct sunlight.
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