|—vb (often foll by away)|
|1.||(intr) (esp of a plant) to droop, wilt, or shrivel up|
|2.||to fade or waste: all hope withered away|
|3.||(intr) to decay, decline, or disintegrate|
|4.||(tr) to cause to wilt, fade, or lose vitality|
|5.||(tr) to abash, esp with a scornful look|
|6.||(tr) to harm or damage|
|[C14: perhaps variant of |
English poet and Puritan pamphleteer, best remembered for a few songs and hymns.
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