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wilt

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
  1. verb
    become limp
    “The flowers wilted
    synonyms: droop
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    type of:
    crumble, decay, dilapidate
    fall into decay or ruin
  2. verb
    lose strength
    “My opponent was wilting
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    type of:
    weaken
    become weaker
  3. noun
    any plant disease characterized by drooping and shriveling; usually caused by parasites attacking the roots
    synonyms: wilt disease
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    types:
    granville wilt
    a bacterial wilt of tobacco plants
    fusarium wilt
    wilt caused by fungi of the genus Fusarium
    verticilliosis
    wilt caused by fungi of the genus Verticillium
    type of:
    plant disease
    a disease that affects plants
  4. noun
    causing to become limp or drooping
    synonyms: wilting
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    type of:
    weakening
    the act of reducing the strength of something
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