To wither is to die or to become shriveled and weak. If a plant is withering away, it is becoming less and less healthy.

  • The flowers are wilting because of the hot weather.

  • The trees are wilting because of the drought.

Definition of wither


lose freshness, vigor, or vitality




wither, as with a loss of moisture


shrink, shrivel, shrivel up

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Example Sentences for wither

  • 1

    The hard decay and demise in the the first third disappear, truculence and romance take over, and frankly, the quality of the songcraft withers.

  • 2

    Fear is withering the soul.

  • 3

    Her charisma is withering people.

  • 4

    Gradually, the group withered away.

  • 5

    The flowers and plants withered and died.

  • 6

    The larvae feed on withered leaves.

  • 7

    His career withered in the early 1980s.

  • 8

    He healed the man with the withered hand.

  • 9

    The flowers will wither if the pollen is blown away.

  • 10

    The larvae prefer withered and fallen leaves.