perish [-ed, -es, -ing] v

ME < OFr < L. perīre, pass away entirely, come to nothing, be lost or destroyed, lose one's life.

  1. Die; depart mortal existence.
  2. Disappear; fade; wilt; expire; pass away.
  3. Decay; decompose.
  4. Fail.
  5. Cease to exist.
  6. Be erased; be lost; be removed; be eradicated.
  7. Be destroyed.
  8. [Fig.] suffer; endure torment.
  9. [Fig.] yearn intensely; desire to the point of suffering.
  10. [Fig.] lose importance.
  11. [Fig.] be overcome.
  12. [Fig.] be finished; be concluded.