There are 2 main definitions of wilt in English:


Syllabification: wilt
Pronunciation: /wilt


[no object]
1(Of a plant, leaf, or flower) become limp through heat, loss of water, or disease; droop.
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  • At this time, chill treatment seedlings were severely wilted with extensive leaf rolling characteristic of water-stressed maize.
  • Insufficient removal of these air embolisms may result in serious water stress which may lead to early leaf wilting as previously shown in chrysanthemum cut flowers.
  • Similarly, in cut chrysanthemum flowers, the leaves often wilt, due to a blockage for water transport in the xylem of the basal stem part.
droop, sag, become limp, flop;
wither, shrivel (up)
1.1(Of a person) lose one’s energy or vigor.
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  • Most people wilt under my malevolent glare and scurry away, with the exception of my friend's ex who replied, ‘You find me a microwave big enough first!’
  • I have seen people wilt under infinitely less, and she just maintained class and dignity throughout.
  • What with chasing up health care, and taking delivery of 200 gallons of heating oil, and tackling a stream of official forms and stuff, I was wilting more than just a little by the end of the afternoon.
languish, flag, droop, become listless, tire, wane


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Any of a number of fungal or bacterial diseases of plants characterized by wilting of the foliage.
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  • Both stages can carry bacterial wilt or cucumber mosaic virus, diseases that will quickly kill the plant.
  • They are blamed with spreading bacterial wilt and cucumber mosaic.
  • Hail damage can increase the incidence of corn smut, stalk rot, Goss's bacterial wilt and blight and holcus spot.


late 17th century (originally dialect): perhaps an alteration of dialect welk 'lose freshness', of Low German origin.

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