verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
noun Also wilt disease (for defs 5b, 6).
- the drying out, drooping, and withering of the leaves of a plant due to inadequate water supply, excessive transpiration, or vascular disease.
- a disease so characterized, as fusarium wilt.
Origin of wilt1
Synonyms for wilt
auxiliary verb, present singular 1st person will, 2nd will or (Archaic) wilt, 3rd will, present plural will; past singular 1st person would, 2nd would or (Archaic) wouldst, 3rd would, past plural would; past participle (Obsolete) wold or would; imperative, infinitive, and present participle lacking.
verb (used with or without object), present singular 1st person will, 2nd will or (Archaic) wilt, 3rd will, present plural will; past singular 1st person would, 2nd would or (Archaic) wouldst, 3rd would, past plural would; past participle (Obsolete) wold or would; imperative, infinitive, and present participle lacking.
Origin of will1
- a legal declaration of a person's wishes as to the disposition of his or her property or estate after death, usually written and signed by the testator and attested by witnesses.
- the document containing such a declaration.
verb (used with object), willed, will·ing.
verb (used without object), willed, will·ing.
Origin of will2
Synonyms for will
Related Words for wiltdroop, ebb, wane, dwindle, faint, melt, wither, fade, diminish, shrivel, succumb, collapse, drop, mummify, flag, weaken, sink, waste, languish, wizen
Examples from the Web for wilt
Contemporary Examples of wilt
Wilt Chamberlain once pointed out that “nobody loves Goliath,” as an excuse for his enduring unpopularity.Shaq, Year One
Charles P. Pierce
May 24, 2014
They have to have the courage not to wilt or get the vapors whenever a right-winger invokes the evil gummint or the hated Kenyan.Show Me the Medicaid Money
February 28, 2014
But the two young girls, Thornton and Wilt, never seemed to lose energy.The House of Shock Is Terrifying Its Guests and Causing Controversy—and the Zombies Who Run the Show Are Loving It
October 25, 2013
At the foot of the adjacent 4-foot high gravestones are floral arrangements that are just starting to wilt.Mary Kennedy: Bringing Up the Body
July 26, 2012
And I do agree with him on Wilt Chamberlain, whom we will discuss at length in the future.How Robert Nozick Turned on Robert Nozick
May 22, 2012
Historical Examples of wilt
Wilt thou diversify thy repast with a taste of my oak-graff?Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
But wilt thou not give me another twelvemonth to pay my debt?The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?The Ministry of Intercession
But I wilt speak no more of feelings that you do not seem to understand.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Bailey appeared to wilt under her gaze as if the spectacles were twin suns.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
Word Origin for wilt
verb past would (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive)
Word Origin for will
- the declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property after deathRelated adjective: testamentary
- a revocable instrument by which such wishes are expressed
verb (mainly tr; often takes a clause as object or an infinitive)
Word Origin for will
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.
Old English *willan, wyllan "to wish, desire, want" (past tense wolde), from Proto-Germanic *welljan (cf. Old Saxon willian, Old Norse vilja, Old Frisian willa, Dutch willen, Old High German wellan, German wollen, Gothic wiljan "to will, wish, desire," Gothic waljan "to choose"). The Germanic words are from PIE *wel-/*wol- "be pleasing" (cf. Sanskrit vrnoti "chooses, prefers," varyah "to be chosen, eligible, excellent," varanam "choosing;" Avestan verenav- "to wish, will, choose;" Greek elpis "hope;" Latin volo, velle "to wish, will, desire;" Old Church Slavonic voljo, voliti "to will," veljo, veleti "to command;" Lithuanian velyti "to wish, favor," pa-vel-mi "I will," viliuos "I hope;" Welsh gwell "better").
Cf. also Old English wel "well," literally "according to one's wish;" wela "well-being, riches." The use as a future auxiliary was already developing in Old English. The implication of intention or volition distinguishes it from shall, which expresses or implies obligation or necessity. Contracted forms, especially after pronouns, began to appear 16c., as in sheele for "she will." The form with an apostrophe is from 17c.
Old English will, willa, from Proto-Germanic *weljon (cf. Old Saxon willio, Old Norse vili, Old Frisian willa, Dutch wil, Old High German willio, German wille, Gothic wilja "will"), related to *willan "to wish" (see will (v.)). The meaning "written document expressing a person's wishes about disposition of property after death" is first recorded late 14c.
In addition to the idiom beginning with will
- will not hear of
- against one's will
- at will
- boys will be boys
- heads (will) roll
- murder will out
- of one's own accord (free will)
- shit will hit the fan
- that will do
- time will tell
- truth will out
- when the cat's away, mice will play
- where there's a will
- with a will
- with the best will in the world
- wonders will never cease