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wither

verb uk   /ˈwɪð.ər/ us    // (also wither away)
[I or T] (to cause) to become weak and dry and decay: Grass had withered in the fields.Plant pathologyBecoming and making less strong [I] to slowly disappear, lose importance, or become weaker: This country is in danger of allowing its industrial base to wither away.Appearing and disappearingBecoming and making less strong
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