wither Definition

  • 1to become dry and shriveled
  • 2to lose force or vitality
  • 3to cause to become dry and shriveled

Using wither: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "wither" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The flowers withered in the heat of the sun.

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    His hopes for a promotion withered away after the company's financial crisis.

  • Example

    The drought withered the crops.

  • Example

    Her confidence withered under the constant criticism.

wither Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for wither

Phrases with wither

  • to fail or end without achieving success or producing any useful result


    The project was promising at first, but it withered on the vine due to lack of funding.

  • a look of strong disapproval or contempt


    She gave him a withering look when he made the inappropriate joke.

  • a hand that is shrunken, dried up, or paralyzed


    He was born with a withered hand, which made it difficult for him to perform certain tasks.

Origins of wither

from Old English 'wiðrian', meaning 'to against, opposite'


Summary: wither in Brief

'Wither' [ˈwɪðər] is a verb that describes the process of becoming dry and shriveled, losing force or vitality, or causing something to become dry and shriveled. Examples include 'The flowers withered in the heat of the sun.' and 'Her confidence withered under the constant criticism.' The phrase 'wither on the vine' denotes failure or lack of success, while 'withering look' refers to a look of strong disapproval or contempt.