perish - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive] 

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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