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Meaning of WITHER

Pronunciation:  'widhur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  wither, esp. with a loss of moisture; "The fruit dried and shriveled"
  2. [v]  lose freshness, vigor, or vitality; "Her bloom was fading"

WITHER is a 6 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: fade, shrink, shrivel, shrivel up
 See Also: atrophy, decrease, die back, die down, diminish, disappear, dry up, fall, go away, lessen, mummify, vanish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \With"er\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Withered}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Withering}.] [OE. wideren; probably the same word as
    wederen to weather (see {Weather}, v. & n.); or cf. G.
    verwittern to decay, to be weather-beaten, Lith. vysti to
    1. To fade; to lose freshness; to become sapless; to become
       sapless; to dry or shrivel up.
             Shall he hot pull up the roots thereof, and cut off
             the fruit thereof, that it wither?    --Ezek. xvii.
    2. To lose or want animal moisture; to waste; to pin? away,
       as animal bodies.
             This is man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered. --Shak.
             There was a man which had his hand withered. --Matt.
                                                   xii. 10.
             Now warm in love, now with'ring in the grave.
    3. To lose vigor or power; to languish; to pass away. ``Names
       that must not wither.'' --Byron.
             States thrive or wither as moons wax and wane.
  2. \With"er\, v. t.
    1. To cause to fade, and become dry.
             The sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but
             it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof
             falleth.                              --James i. 11.
    2. To cause to shrink, wrinkle, or decay, for want of animal
       moisture. ``Age can not {wither} her.'' --Shak.
             Shot forth pernicious fire Among the accursed, that
             withered all their strength.          --Milton.
    3. To cause to languish, perish, or pass away; to blight; as,
       a reputation withered by calumny.
             The passions and the cares that wither life.