1) VERB If someone or something withers, they become very weak.

When he went into retirement, he visibly withered...

The question now is whether the railways will flourish or wither in the hands of the private sector.

Wither away means the same as wither.

V P To see my body literally wither away before my eyes was exasperating.

2) VERB If a flower or plant withers, it dries up and dies.

The flowers in Isabel's room had withered...

Farmers in the Midwest have watched their crops wither because of drought conditions.

Derived words:
withered ADJ-GRADED usu ADJ n

...a mound of withered leaves...

His fridge was bare apart from three very withered tomatoes.

3) N-PLURAL The highest part of a horse's back, behind its neck, is referred to as its withers.
Phrasal Verbs:

English dictionary. 2008.


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