per·ish [perish perishes perished perishing] BrE [ˈperɪʃ]
NAmE [ˈperɪʃ]
1. intransitive (formal or literary) (of people or animals) to die, especially in a sudden violent way
A family of four perished in the fire.
Thousands perished at the hands of the invading forces.
2. intransitive (formal) to be lost or destroyed
Early buildings were made of wood and have perished.
3. intransitive, transitive ~ (sth) (BrE) if a material such as rubber perishes or is perished, it becomes damaged, weaker or full of holes
Rem: or
Idiom: perish the thought
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
Middle English: from Old French periss-, lengthened stem of perir, from Latin perire ‘pass away’, from per- ‘through, completely’ + ire ‘go’.

WordNet Dictionary:
pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
- She died from cancer
- The children perished in the fire
- The patient went peacefully
- The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102
Ant: be born (for: die)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
v. i.1.To be destroyed; to pass away; to become nothing; to be lost; to die; hence, to wither; to waste away.
[imp. & p. p. Perished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Perishing.]
I perish with hunger!
Grow up and perish, as the summer fly.
The thoughts of a soul that perish in thinking.
v. t.1.To cause perish.

Legal Dictionary:

TO PERISH. To come to an end; to cease to be; to die.
     2. What has never existed cannot be said to have perished.
     3. When two or more persons die by the same accident, as a shipwreck, no presumption arises that one perished before the other. Vide Death. Survivorship.

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