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

     

    wither

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 2[intransitive] wither (away) to become less or weaker, especially before disappearing completely All our hopes just withered away.
  3. 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.
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