When things droop from heat, lack of water, or illness, they wilt. If you go on vacation for two weeks and forget to water your plants first, they will wilt.

The vegetables in your garden will wilt if they're attacked by slugs or don't get enough moisture — and people can be said to wilt too, especially when they're limp and weak from exhaustion. A long walk on the hottest day of summer can make you wilt. Wilt was most likely first spelled welk, from the Middle Dutch word welken, "to wither or become soft."

Definitions of wilt

v become limp

“The flowers wilted
Type of:
crumble, decay, dilapidate
fall into decay or ruin

v lose strength

“My opponent was wilting
Type of:
become weaker

n any plant disease characterized by drooping and shriveling; usually caused by parasites attacking the roots

wilt disease
granville wilt
a bacterial wilt of tobacco plants
fusarium wilt
wilt caused by fungi of the genus Fusarium
wilt caused by fungi of the genus Verticillium
Type of:
plant disease
a disease that affects plants

n causing to become limp or drooping

Type of:
the act of reducing the strength of something

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