Meaning of “weather” in the English Dictionary

"weather" in British English

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weathernoun [ U ]

uk /ˈweð.ər/ us /ˈweð.ɚ/

A1 the conditions in the air above the earth such as wind, rain, or temperature, especially at a particular time over a particular area:

bad/good/cold/dry/hot/stormy/warm/wet/etc. weather
The weather in the mountains can change very quickly, so take appropriate clothing.
We're going to have a picnic, weather permitting (= if the weather is good enough).

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  • The weather is expected to remain clear for the next few days.
  • The match has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
  • The rescue operation has been complicated by bad weather.
  • Fair weather was forecast for the following day.
  • The weather was good at the start of the week.


uk /ˈweð.ər/ us /ˈweð.ɚ/

(Definition of “weather” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"weather" in American English

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weathernoun [ U ]

us /ˈweð·ər/

weather noun [ U ] (AIR CONDITIONS)

the conditions in the air at a particular time, such as wind, rain, or temperature:

I always wear gloves in cold weather.
Expect some nasty weather tomorrow, possibly even a thunderstorm.


us /ˈweð·ər/

weather verb (LIVE THROUGH)

[ T ] to live through a difficult situation or a problem:

She weathered a few professional setbacks this year.

weather verb (AIR CONDITIONS)

[ I/T ] to change in color or form over a period of time because of the effects of sun, wind, rain, or other conditions in the air:

[ I ] The yellow paint will weather to a grayish white.

(Definition of “weather” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"weather" in Business English

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weatherverb [ T ]

uk /ˈweðər/ us

to deal successfully with a difficult situation or problem:

weather a crisis/downturn/recession The company claimed that it would weather the downturn and return to strong growth.
weather the storm

to successfully deal with a very difficult problem:

While large financial institutions might be able to weather the storm, many of the smaller traders are likely to go under.

(Definition of “weather” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)