perish

  • 1 Perish — Per ish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Perished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Perishing}.] [OE. perissen, perisshen, F. p[ e]rir, p. pr. p[ e]rissant, L. perire to go or run through, come to nothing, perish; per through + ire to go. Cf. {Issue}, and see { ish}.] To… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 perish — ► VERB 1) die. 2) suffer complete ruin or destruction. 3) rot or decay. 4) (be perished) Brit. be suffering from extreme cold. ● perish the thought Cf. ↑perish the thought …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 perish — [per′ish] vi. [ME perischen < extended stem of OFr perir < L perire, to go through, perish < per , through (see PER1) + ire, to go: see YEAR] 1. to be destroyed, ruined, or wiped out 2. to die; esp., to die a violent or untimely death… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Perish — Per ish, v. t. To cause perish. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 perish — mid 13c., from periss prp. stem of O.Fr. perir, from L. perire to be lost, perish, lit. to go through, from per through, completely, to destruction (see PER (Cf. per)) + ire to go (see ION (Cf. ion)). Perishables in refer …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 perish — I verb be annihilated, be destroyed, be eradicated, be extinguished, be null and void, be ruined, become extinct, cease, cease living, cease to be, cease to exist, cease to live, come to an end, come to naught, come to ruin, crumble, depart, die …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 perish — [v] die, decline, decay be destroyed, be killed, be lost, bite the dust*, break down, buy the farm*, cease, check out*, collapse, corrupt, croak, crumble, decease, decompose, demise, depart, disappear, disintegrate, end, expire, fall, give up the …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 perish — v. (formal) 1)(D; intr.) to perish by (to perish by the sword) 2) (D; intr.) to perish from, of (to perish from disease) * * * [ perɪʃ] of (to perish from disease) (D; intr.) to perish from (formal) (D; intr.) to perish by (to perish by the… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 perish — /ˈpɛrɪʃ / (say perish) verb (i) 1. to suffer death, or lose life, through violence, privation, etc.: to perish in battle. 2. to pass away; decay and disappear. 3. to rot: rubber perishes. 4. to suffer destruction: whole cities perish in an… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 10 perish — [[t]pe̱rɪʃ[/t]] perishes, perishing, perished 1) VERB If people or animals perish, they die as a result of very harsh conditions or as the result of an accident. [WRITTEN] Most of the butterflies perish in the first frosts of autumn. ...the ferry …

    English dictionary

  • 11 perish — perishless, adj. perishment, n. /per ish/, v.i. 1. to die or be destroyed through violence, privation, etc.: to perish in an earthquake. 2. to pass away or disappear: an age of elegance that has forever perished. 3. to suffer destruction or ruin …

    Universalium

  • 12 perish — UK [ˈperɪʃ] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms perish : present tense I/you/we/they perish he/she/it perishes present participle perishing past tense perished past participle perished 1) mainly literary to die, usually because of an illness or… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 perish — per|ish [ˈperıʃ] v [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: perir, from Latin perire to be destroyed ] 1.) [i]formal or literary to die, especially in a terrible or sudden way ▪ Hundreds perished when the ship went down. 2.) [I and T] especially… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 perish — per|ish [ perıʃ ] verb intransitive 1. ) MAINLY LITERARY to die, usually because of an illness or something that happens suddenly: All our horses perished in the fire. a ) if an activity perishes, it stops happening or existing: Without greater… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 perish — per•ish [[t]ˈpɛr ɪʃ[/t]] v. i. 1) to die as a result of violence, privation, etc 2) to pass away or disappear 3) to suffer destruction or ruin • perish the thought Etymology: 1200–50; ME perissen < OF periss , long s. of perir < L perīre to …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 perish — verb Etymology: Middle English perisshen, from Anglo French periss , stem of perir, from Latin perire, from per detrimentally + ire to go more at per , issue Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. to become destroyed or ruined ; cease to exist < …

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  • 17 perish — verb 1》 literary die, especially in a violent or sudden way.     ↘suffer complete ruin or destruction. 2》 (of rubber, food, etc.) rot or decay. 3》 (be perished) Brit. informal be suffering from extreme cold. Phrases perish the thought informal… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 perish — verb 1 (I) especially literary to die, especially in a terrible or sudden way: Hundreds perished when the ship went down. 2 (I, T) BrE, technical in AmE if a material such as rubber or leather perishes, it decays and loses its natural strength 3… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 perish — verb 1) millions of soldiers perished Syn: die, lose one s life, be killed, fall, expire, meet one s death, be lost, lay down one s life, breathe one s last, pass away, go the way of all flesh, give up the ghost, go to glory, meet one s maker,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 perish — v. 1 intr. be destroyed; suffer death or ruin. 2 a intr. (esp. of rubber, a rubber object, etc.) lose its normal qualities; deteriorate, rot. b tr. cause to rot or deteriorate. 3 tr. (in passive) suffer from cold or exposure (we were perished… …

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