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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wither  \With"er\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Withered};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Withering}.]  [OE.  wideren  probably  the  same  word  as 
  wederen  to  weather  (see  {Weather},  v.  &  n.);  or  cf  G. 
  verwittern  to  decay,  to  be  weather-beaten,  Lith.  vysti  to 
  wither.] 
  1.  To  fade;  to  lose  freshness;  to  become  sapless;  to  become 
  sapless;  to  dry  or  shrivel  up 
 
  Shall  he  hot  pull  up  the  roots  thereof,  and  cut  off 
  the  fruit  thereof,  that  it  wither?  --Ezek.  xvii. 
  9. 
 
  2.  To  lose  or  want  animal  moisture;  to  waste;  to  pin?  away 
  as  animal  bodies. 
 
  This  is  man,  old  wrinkled,  faded,  withered.  --Shak. 
 
  There  was  a  man  which  had  his  hand  withered.  --Matt. 
  xii.  10. 
 
  Now  warm  in  love,  now  with'ring  in  the  grave. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  To  lose  vigor  or  power;  to  languish;  to  pass  away  ``Names 
  that  must  not  wither.''  --Byron. 
 
  States  thrive  or  wither  as  moons  wax  and  wane. 
  --Cowper. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wither  \With"er\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  cause  to  fade,  and  become  dry. 
 
  The  sun  is  no  sooner  risen  with  a  burning  heat,  but 
  it  withereth  the  grass,  and  the  flower  thereof 
  falleth  --James  i.  11. 
 
  2.  To  cause  to  shrink,  wrinkle,  or  decay,  for  want  of  animal 
  moisture.  ``Age  can  not  {wither}  her.''  --Shak. 
 
  Shot  forth  pernicious  fire  Among  the  accursed,  that 
  withered  all  their  strength.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  To  cause  to  languish,  perish,  or  pass  away  to  blight;  as 
  a  reputation  withered  by  calumny. 
 
  The  passions  and  the  cares  that  wither  life. 
  --Bryant. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  wither 
  v  1:  wither,  esp.  with  a  loss  of  moisture;  "The  fruit  dried  and 
  shriveled"  [syn:  {shrivel},  {shrivel  up},  {shrink}] 
  2:  lose  freshness,  vigor,  or  vitality;  "Her  bloom  was  fading" 
  [syn:  {fade}] 




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