perish

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 disaster in which 193 passengers perished.

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2) VERB If something perishes, it comes to an end or is destroyed for ever. [WRITTEN]

Buddhism had to adapt to the new world or perish...

Civilizations do eventually decline and perish.

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3) VERB If a substance or material perishes, it starts to fall to pieces and becomes useless. [mainly BRIT]

Obviously the plaster's just perished and all fallen off...

Their tyres are slowly perishing.

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perished ADJ usu ADJ n

...tattered pieces of ancient, perished leather.

4) CONVENTION (feelings) If someone says perish the thought, they mean that they think that a suggestion or possibility is unpleasant or ridiculous.

Me a policeman! Perish the thought!...

We don't have a computer (perish the thought) and have only recently bought an electric typewriter.

Syn:
God forbid

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Perish — Per ish, v. t. To cause perish. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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