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wither

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wither

 
 
pronunciation:
wI thr
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part of speech: verb
inflections: withered, withering, withers
definition 1: to dry up or wilt.
The flowers in the garden withered from lack of rain.
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synonyms:
shrivel, wilt
antonyms:
bloom, flourish, thrive
similar words:
dehydrate, dry, parch
definition 2: to cause to dry up or wilt.
The hot sun withered the plant sitting in the window.
synonyms:
fade, parch, shrivel
similar words:
dehydrate, dry, scorch, shrink, wilt
definition 3: to cause to feel embarrassed.
The loud student was withered by the teacher's angry stare.
similar words:
blast, humiliate, shame, stun
Word History
Wither comes from an early English word that means "to expose to the weather."