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perish

per·ish

perish

 
pronunciation:
pe rihsh
features:
Homophone Note, Word Builder
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: perished, perishes, perishing
definition 1: to die or be destroyed, esp. in an untimely or unnatural way.
Thousands of people perished from starvation.Her family perished in the concentration camp.
similar words:
croak, decease, demise, depart, die, expire, fall, pass
definition 2: to decay or pass out of existence or use.
Meat will perish quickly if not refrigerated.His hopes of becoming a musician perished when he was forced to take over the family business.Farming has perished as a livelihood in that region.
synonyms:
break down, decay, decline, die, disappear, erode, vanish, wear, wear out
antonyms:
endure, survive
similar words:
corrode, degenerate, deteriorate, dim, fade, wane, waste, wear off
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word parish (a Christian district)? Perish and parish sound alike but have different meanings.
Word Builder: perish +
  • perishable:
    likely to spoil or rot.