- To wither is to shrivel up, to become dry, or to weaken and droop.
- When you become old and sickly and unable to walk, this is an example of a situation where you wither away.
- When a plant isn't watered and it dries up, this is an example of wither.
- When interest in a social program wanes and it begins to stop being funded and operated, this is an example of a situation where the program withers away.
- to dry up, as from great heat; shrivel; wilt: said esp. of plants
- to lose vigor or freshness; become wasted or decayed
- to weaken; languish: affection that soon withered
Origin: Middle English widren, variant, variety of wederen, literally , to weather, expose to the weather from weder, weather
- to cause to wither
- to cause to quail or feel abashed, as by a scornful glance
- witheringly adverb
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verb with·ered, with·er·ing, with·ers verb, intransitive
- To dry up or shrivel from or as if from loss of moisture.
- To lose freshness; droop.
- To cause to shrivel or fade.
- To render speechless or incapable of action; stun: The teacher withered the noisy student with a glance.
Origin: Alteration of Middle English widderen, perhaps variant of wederen, to weather, from weder, weather; see weather.