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What the wind can do

blow

verb

if wind or air blows, the air moves

blow

verb

if something blows or is blown somewhere, the wind moves it there

catch

verb

if the wind or a wave catches something, it gets behind or under it and suddenly blows or pushes it hard

drop

verb

if the wind drops, it becomes less strong

freshen

verb

if the wind freshens, it becomes colder and stronger

get up

if the wind gets up, it starts blowing strongly

gust

verb

if a wind gusts, it blows strongly for short periods of time

howl

verb

if the wind howls, it blows with a long loud sound

lash

verb

if the wind or rain lashes something or lashes against something, it blows or falls against it with a very strong force

pick up

if something such as the wind picks up, it becomes stronger

rise

verb

if a wind rises, it starts to become stronger

ruffle

verb

used about the wind

sigh

verb

if the wind sighs, it makes a long soft low sound

sough

verb

if the wind soughs, it makes a soft noise like a sigh

strengthen

verb

if the wind or a current strengthens, it becomes faster or more powerful

veer

verb

used for saying that the wind starts blowing from a different direction

blow a gale

to be very windy (=with very strong winds)

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