- 1[intransitive, transitive] wither (something) if a plant withers or something withers it, it dries up and dies The grass had withered in the warm sun.
- 2[intransitive] wither (away) to become less or weaker, especially before disappearing completely All our hopes just withered away. Word Origin late Middle English: apparently a variant of weather, ultimately differentiated for certain senses.Extra examples The business withered and eventually died. The grass withered under a scorching sun. Their support had simply withered away. Without investment, home-grown industries are being allowed to wither on the vine.
BrE BrE//ˈwɪðə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪðər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wither
BrE BrE//ˈwɪðə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪðər//he / she / it withers
BrE BrE//ˈwɪðəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪðərz//past simple withered
BrE BrE//ˈwɪðəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪðərd//past participle withered
BrE BrE//ˈwɪðəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪðərd//-ing form withering
BrE BrE//ˈwɪðərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪðərɪŋ//