• To decay and disappear; to waste away to nothing.
  • To decay in such a way that it cannot be used for its original purpose
  • To die; to cease to live.
  • To cause to perish.


  • From Middle English perishen, borrowed from Old French, stem of certain parts of perir, from Latin perīre ("to pass away, perish"), present active infinitive of pereō, from per + eō; see iter.

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