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1. wither

verb. ['ˈwɪðɝ'] wither, as with a loss of moisture.

Synonyms

  • die down
  • diminish
  • shrink
  • blast
  • dry up
  • decrease
  • lessen
  • fall
  • atrophy
  • mummify
  • shrivel
  • shrivel up

Antonyms

  • strengthen
  • inflate
  • accelerate
  • stretch

Etymology

  • widren (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • witheren (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • wiþerian (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Words that Rhyme with Wither

  • whither
  • smither
  • slither
  • atither
  • zither
  • ryther
  • hither
  • dither
  • bither

Example sentences of the word wither


1. Noun, singular or mass
Conditions that are too dry will cause the young plants to go into stress, wither and die.

2. Verb, base form
Wait two to three weeks for the violet plants to wither and die back.

3. Adjective, comparative
If the plant begins to yellow or wither, it needs more light.

Quotes containing the word wither


1. All that is gold does not glitter,Not all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not wither,Deep roots are not reached by the frost.From the ashes a fire shall be woken,A light from the shadows shall spring;Renewed shall be blade that was broken,The crownless again shall be king.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

2. I don’t want my love with her to wither like grapes on a vine, so I’ll water it with romance to turn it into wine.
- Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

3. Time that withers you will wither me. We will fall like ripe fruit and roll down the grass together. Dear friend, let me lie beside you watching the clouds until the earth covers us and we are gone.
- Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

2. wither

verb. ['ˈwɪðɝ'] lose freshness, vigor, or vitality.

Synonyms

  • go away
  • fade
  • disappear

Antonyms

  • expand
  • appreciate
  • lengthen
  • crescendo

Etymology

  • widren (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • witheren (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • wiþerian (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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