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wilt1

[wilt] /wɪlt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to become limp and drooping, as a fading flower; wither.
2.
to lose strength, vigor, assurance, etc.:
to wilt after a day's hard work.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cause to wilt.
noun, Also, wilt disease (for defs 5b, 6).
4.
the act of wilting, or the state of being wilted:
a sudden wilt of interest in the discussion.
5.
Plant Pathology.
  1. the drying out, drooping, and withering of the leaves of a plant due to inadequate water supply, excessive transpiration, or vascular disease.
  2. a disease so characterized, as fusarium wilt.
6.
a virus disease of various caterpillars, characterized by the liquefaction of body tissues.
Origin of wilt1
1685-1695
1685-95; dialectal variant of wilk to wither, itself variant of welk, Middle English welken, probably < Middle Dutch welken; compare German welk withered
Synonyms
2. wane, droop; ebb, weaken.

wilt2

[wilt] /wɪlt/
verb, Archaic.
1.
second person singular present ind. of will1 .
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  • Then he ventured into the heat and glare of Broadway where humanity stewed and wilted.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He is much like a wilted leaf in the hands of this boy and girl.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Julia wilted a little; but her sister, Mrs. Glynn, was not perturbed.

    The Yates Pride Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • I'm almost glad they have wilted; they will give you something to do.

    Phyllis

    Dorothy Whitehill
  • "Yes, ma'am," says Babbitt, tryin' to prop up his wilted collar.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • He wilted and caved in like a box of ice cream does just before you get home with it.

  • The fever spared her, but she wilted like the grass beneath the scythe of the mower.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • A demoralized, woe-begone, wilted, helpless figure was before me in the hall.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
British Dictionary definitions for wilted

wilt1

/wɪlt/
verb
1.
to become or cause to become limp, flaccid, or drooping: insufficient water makes plants wilt
2.
to lose or cause to lose courage, strength, etc
3.
(transitive) to cook (a leafy vegetable) very briefly until it begins to collapse
noun
4.
the act of wilting or state of becoming wilted
5.
any of various plant diseases characterized by permanent wilting, usually caused by fungal parasites attacking the roots
Word Origin
C17: perhaps variant of wilk to wither, from Middle Dutch welken

wilt2

/wɪlt/
verb
1.
(archaic or dialect) used with the pronoun thou or its relative equivalent a singular form of the present tense (indicative mood) of will1
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Word Origin and History for wilted

wilt

v.

1690s, probably an alteration of welk "to wilt," probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German welken "to wither," cognate with Old High German irwelhen "become soft." Related: Wilted; wilting.

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