from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To die or be destroyed, especially in a violent or untimely manner: "Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those who have no imagination?” ( George Bernard Shaw).
- intransitive v. To pass from existence; disappear gradually: "Man will go down into the pit, and all his thoughts will perish” ( A.J. Balfour).
- intransitive v. Chiefly British To spoil or deteriorate.
- transitive v. To bring to destruction; destroy: "Many foul blights/Perish'd his hard won gains” ( Thomas Hood).
- idiom perish the thought Used to express the wish that one not even think about something.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pass away; to come to naught; to waste away; to decay and disappear.
- v. To die; to cease to live.
- v. To cause to perish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To be destroyed; to pass away; to become nothing; to be lost; to die; hence, to wither; to waste away.
- transitive v. To cause perish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pass away; come to naught; waste away; decay and disappear.
- To cease to live; die.
- Synonyms Expire, Decease, etc. See die.
- To bring to naught; injure; destroy; kill.
- An obsolete form of pierce.
- n. The act of perishing: in the following slang phrase.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
Middle English perishen, from Old French perir, periss-, to perish, from Latin perīre : per-, per- + īre, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English perishen, from Old French periss-, stem of certain parts of perir, from Latin perīre ("to pass away, perish"), present active infinitive of pereō, from per ("through") + eō ("to go"); see iter. (Wiktionary)