AskDefine | Define perish

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perish v : pass from physical life and lose all all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "They children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully" [syn: die, decease, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass] [ant: be born]

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  1. To die.
    • 1719: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      ...the ship struck upon a sand, and ... the sea broke over her in such a manner that we expected we should all have perished immediately; and we were immediately driven into our close quarters, to shelter us from the very foam and spray of the sea.



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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

age, antiquate, be annihilated, be consumed, be destroyed, be done for, be gone, be killed, be lost, be no more, be wiped out, become extinct, become obsolete, break down, cease, cease to be, cease to exist, cease to live, collapse, come to naught, come to nothing, conk out, corrupt, croak, crumble, date, decay, decease, decline, decompose, dematerialize, demise, depart, depart this life, die, die away, die out, disappear, disintegrate, dispel, disperse, dissipate, dissolve, do a fade-out, dwindle, end, erode, evanesce, evaporate, exit, expire, fade, fade away, fade out, fall, fall asleep, flee, fly, fossilize, fust, go, go away, go out, go under, grow old, hide, leave no trace, leave the scene, lose currency, melt, melt away, molder, obsolesce, outdate, part, pass, pass away, pass on, pass out, pass over, peg out, peter out, put off mortality, putrefy, quit this world, retire from sight, return to dust, rot, run out, rust, sink, sink away, spoil, stop breathing, succumb, suffer an eclipse, superannuate, turn, up and die, vanish, vanish from sight, waste, waste away, wear away, yield the ghost
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