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wither (v.)

1530s, alteration of Middle English wydderen "dry up, shrivel" (late 14c.), intransitive, apparently a differentiated and special use of wederen "to expose to weather" (see weather (v.)). Compare German verwittern "to become weather-beaten," from Witter "weather." Transitive sense from 1550s. Related: Withered; withering; witheringly.

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Definitions of wither from WordNet

wither (v.)
wither, as with a loss of moisture;
Synonyms: shrivel / shrivel up / shrink
wither (v.)
lose freshness, vigor, or vitality;
Synonyms: fade
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