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ˈwɪð ərwith·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shrivel, shrivel up, shrink, witherverb

    wither, as with a loss of moisture

    "The fruit dried and shriveled"

  2. fade, witherverb

    lose freshness, vigor, or vitality

    "Her bloom was fading"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Witherverb

    The sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth. Ja. i. 11.

    Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    Look how I am bewitch’d; behold, mine arm
    Is, like a blasted sapling, withered up. William Shakespeare.

    What are these,
    So wither’d, and so wild in their attire,
    That look not like th’ inhabitants o’ th’ earth,
    And yet are on’t? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Thy youth, thy strength, thy beauty, which will change
    To wither’d, weak, and grey. John Milton.

    In Spain our springs, like old men’s children be,
    Decay’d and wither’d, from their infancy:
    No kindly showers fall on our barren earth,
    To hatch the seasons in a timely birth. Dryden.

  2. To Witherverb

    Etymology: gewiðerod , Saxon, dry, faded.

    That which is of God we defend, to the uttermost of that ability which he hath given: that which is otherwise, let it wither even in the root from whence it hath sprung. Richard Hooker.

    When I have pluck’d thy rose,
    I cannot give it vital growth again;
    It needs must wither. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    It shall wither in all the leaves of her spring. Ezek xvii. 9.

    The soul may sooner leave off to subsist, than to love; and like the vine, it withers and dies, if it has nothing to embrace. Robert South, Sermons.

    Are there so many left of your own family, that you should desire wholly to reduce it, by suffering the last branch of it to wither away before its time. William Temple.

    Vain men, how vanishing a bliss we crave,
    Now warm in love, now with’ring in the grave. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Withernoun

    to fade; to lose freshness; to become sapless; to become sapless; to dry or shrivel up

  2. Withernoun

    to lose or want animal moisture; to waste; to pin/ away, as animal bodies

  3. Withernoun

    to lose vigor or power; to languish; to pass away

  4. Witherverb

    to cause to fade, and become dry

  5. Witherverb

    to cause to shrink, wrinkle, or decay, for want of animal moisture

  6. Witherverb

    to cause to languish, perish, or pass away; to blight; as, a reputation withered by calumny

  7. Etymology: [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 wither.]


  1. Wither

    Wither is a fictional character, a mutant appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He has been a member of the student body at the Xavier Institute, a member of the Hellions training squad, and a supervillain as a part of Selene's Coven.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wither

    with′ėr, v.i. to fade or become dry: to lose freshness: to shrink: waste.—v.t. to cause to dry up: to cause to decay, perish, waste.—adj. With′ered, dried up.—n. With′eredness.—adj. With′ering, blasting, blighting, scorching.—n. With′ering-floor, the drying-floor of a malt-house.—adv. With′eringly. [A.S. wedrian, to expose to weather.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wither in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wither in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of wither in a Sentence

  1. Brian Jacobsen:

    I think we'll see some healthy consolidation take place, some may wither on the vine, but technology has improved to make it profitable to extract at a lower price point than last year. As a result, we'll probably see some opportunistic buying.

  2. Bill Gross:

    They should, but their September meeting language must be so careful, that 'one and done' represents an increasing possibility – at least for the next six months, the Fed is beginning to recognize that 6 years of zero bound interest rates have negative influences on the real economy – it destroys historical business models essential to capitalism such as pension funds, insurance companies, and the willingness to save money itself. If savings wither then so too does its Siamese Twin – investment – and with it, long-term productivity, the decline of which we have seen not just in the U.S. but worldwide.

  3. Alexander Herzen:

    We have wasted our spirit in the regions of the abstract and general just as the monks let it wither in the world of prayer and contemplation.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    Age cannot wither her, nor custom staleHer infinite variety other women cloyThe appetites they feed, but she makes hungryWhere most she satisfies.

  5. Doris Meissner:

    The refugee resettlement agency infrastructure in United States is absolutely starving for resources and for skilled staff, because it was allowed to wither on the vine during the last four years.

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  • صعقArabic
  • pansir, musteir, marcirCatalan, Valencian
  • sesypat se, vadnout, vyschnout, usychat, ochromit, zhroutit se, scvrknout se, uvadatCzech
  • visneDanish
  • vertrocknen, welken, verwelken, verdorrenGerman
  • μαραίνομαι, μαραίνω, παθαίνω μαρασμόGreek
  • velkiEsperanto
  • marchitar, decaerSpanish
  • kuihduttaa, jäykistyä, jähmettyä, lakastua, lakastuttaa, kuihtuaFinnish
  • faner, flétrirFrench
  • murchar, muchar, rechumir, mirrarGalician
  • elhervad, elszárad, elhervaszt, kiszárít, elfonnyad, elszárítHungarian
  • թառամելArmenian
  • essiccare, appassire, avvizzire, inaridire, inaridirsi, raggrinzireItalian
  • 枯れるJapanese
  • 시들다Korean
  • çilmisandin, çilmisînKurdish
  • венеамMacedonian
  • verschrompelenDutch
  • murchar, mirrarPortuguese
  • ofili, veștejiRomanian
  • завя́нуть, со́хнуть, засо́хнуть, вя́нуть, увяда́ть, увя́нутьRussian
  • sahnuti, venutiSerbo-Croatian

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    an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression
    • A. secession
    • B. encumbrance
    • C. elation
    • D. helm

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