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From Middle English perishen, from Old French periss-, stem of certain parts of perir, from Latin perīre (“to pass away, perish”), present active infinitive of pereō, from per (“through”) + eō (“to go”); see iter.
- (intransitive) To pass away; to come to naught; to waste away; to decay and disappear.
- (intransitive) To die; to cease to live.
- (transitive, obsolete) To cause to perish.
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- perish in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- perish in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911