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Wilt \Wilt\, 2d pers. sing. of Will. [1913 Webster]
Wilt \Wilt\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wilting.] [Written also welt, a modification of welk.] To begin to wither; to lose freshness and become flaccid, as a plant when exposed when exposed to drought, or to great heat in a dry day, or when separated from its root; to droop;. to wither. [Prov. Eng. & U. S.] [1913 Webster]
Wilt \Wilt\, v. t.
To cause to begin to wither; to make flaccid, as a green plant. [Prov. Eng. U. S.] [1913 Webster]
Hence, to cause to languish; to depress or destroy the vigor and energy of. [Prov. Eng. & U. S.] [1913 Webster] Despots have wilted the human race into sloth and imbecility. --Dr. T. Dwight. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wilt

Noun

1 any plant disease characterized by drooping and shriveling; usually caused by parasites attacking the roots [syn: wilt disease]
2 causing to become limp or drooping [syn: wilting]

Verb

1 lose strength; "My opponent was wilting"
2 become limp; "The flowers wilted" [syn: droop]

Moby Thesaurus

beat, blow, break, break down, burn out, cave in, collapse, come apart, come unstuck, conk out, crack up, crumble, debilitate, decline, desiccate, diminish, disintegrate, do in, do up, droop, drop, dry up, dwindle, enervate, exhaust, exude, fade, fade away, fag, fag out, fail, faint, fatigue, fizzle out, flag, frazzle, gasp, get tired, give out, give way, go downhill, go soft, go to pieces, grow weary, harass, hit the skids, jade, knock out, knock up, languish, lose strength, mummify, mummy, overfatigue, overstrain, overtire, overweary, pant, peak, peg out, perspire, peter out, pine, play out, poop, poop out, prostrate, puff, puff and blow, run down, run out, sag, sear, shrink, shrivel, sink, succumb, swag, sweat, swelter, tire, tire out, tire to death, tucker, use up, waste, waste away, weaken, wear, wear away, wear down, wear on, wear out, wear thin, weary, welter, wheeze, wind, wither, wither away, wizen, yield

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Alteration of welk, itself from welken, presumed from .

Noun

  1. The act of wilting or the state of being wilted.
  2. Any of various plant diseases characterized by wilting.

Translations

drooping
disease

Verb

  1. To droop or become limp and flaccid (as a dying leaf or flower).
  2. To fatigue; to lose strength.
  3. To cause to droop or become limp and flaccid (as a flower).
  4. To cause to fatigue; to exhaust.

Translations

to droop
to fatigue
to cause to droop
to cause to fatigue

Etymology 2

Verb

wilt

Dutch

Pronunciation

Homophones

Verb

  1. Non-preferential weak alternative forms of the 2nd and 3rd-person singular present of the strong verb willen.

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