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  1. with·er
    IPA[ˈwiT͟Hər]
  2. verb

    • 1. (of a plant) become dry and shriveled:

      the grass had withered to an unappealing brown
      Synonym : wilt, become limp, droop, fade, shrivel (up), dry up, die, perish, become marcescent
    • 2. (of a person, limb, or the skin) become shrunken or wrinkled from age or disease:

      the flesh had withered away
      Synonym : waste (away), become shrunken, shrivel (up), atrophy, decay
    • 3. cease to flourish; fall into decay or decline:

      programs would wither away if they did not command local support
      Synonym : diminish, dwindle, shrink, lessen, fade, ebb (away), wane, weaken, languish, evaporate, melt away, disappear
    • 4. cause to decline or deteriorate; weaken:

      a business that can wither the hardiest ego
    • 5. mortify (someone) with a scornful look or manner:

      she withered me with a look
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: wither, 3rd person present: withers, gerund or present participle: withering, past tense: withered, past participle: withered

    • verb

      (of a plant) become dry and shrivelled:

      (of a part of the body) become shrunken or wrinkled from age or disease:

    • adjective

      (of a plant) dry and shriveled:

      (of a part of the body) shrunken or wrinkled from age or disease:

    • plural

      the highest part of a horse's back, lying at the base of the neck above the shoulders. The height of a horse is measured to the withers.
    • adjective

      (of a plant) dry and shrivelled:

      (of a part of the body) shrunken or wrinkled from age or disease:

    • plural

      the highest part of a horse's back, lying at the base of the neck above the shoulders. The height of a horse is measured to the withers.
    • fail to be implemented or dealt with because of neglect or inaction
    • fail to be implemented or dealt with because of inaction
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