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WITHER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wither mean? 

WITHER (verb)
  The verb WITHER has 2 senses:

1. wither, as with a loss of moisture
2. lose freshness, vigor, or vitality

  Familiarity information: WITHER used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


WITHER (verb)


Sense 1wither [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wither, as with a loss of moisture

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

shrink; shrivel; shrivel up; wither

Context example:

The fruit dried and shriveled

Hypernyms (to "wither" is one way to...):

decrease; diminish; fall; lessen (decrease in size, extent, or range)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "wither"):

atrophy (undergo atrophy)

die back; die down (suffer from a disease that kills shoots)

dry up; mummify (dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture)

Sentence frame:

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Sense 2wither [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lose freshness, vigor, or vitality

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

fade; wither

Context example:

Her bloom was fading

Hypernyms (to "wither" is one way to...):

disappear; go away; vanish (get lost, as without warning or explanation)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


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