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verb [intransitive]     perish pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participleperishing
past tenseperished
past participleperished
  1. 1
    mainly literary to die, usually because of an illness or something that happens suddenly

    All our horses perished in the fire.

  2. 3
    if a substance such as wood, rubber, or food perishes, it decays and cannot be used

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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