From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Meteorology
weatherweath‧er1 /ˈweðə $ -ər/ ●●● S1 W2 noun 1 [singular, uncountable]HEMWEATHER the temperature and other conditions such as sun, rain, and wind What’s the weather like today? The weather turned bitterly cold.GrammarYou often say the weather: The weather seems to be getting worse.You also often use weather with an adjective such as good or bad: We had good weather all week. Games are sometimes cancelled because of bad weather.Don’t use weather with ‘a’. Don’t say: We had a good weather.2 the weather3 in all weathers4 under the weather5 keep a weather eye on something make heavy weather of something at heavy1(10)COLLOCATIONSadjectivesgood/nice/lovely (=not wet)We’ll go out if the weather is good.glorious/beautiful/perfectIt was glorious weather, so we decided to go for a picnic.bad (=wet or stormy)Several flights were cancelled owing to bad weather.awful/dreadful/terrible weatherWe came home early because of the awful weather.hotDrink lots of water in hot weather.coldThe weather was cold and grey.fine/sunny/fair/dryIf the weather is fine, we’ll eat outside.Water pot plants daily during spells of dry weather.wet/rainyI’m so sick of this wet weather.windy/stormyIn windy weather, water from the fountain is blown onto the paths.verbshave good/bad etc weatherWe have had lovely weather all week.the weather turns (=changes)The weather had turned mild.the weather holds (out) (=good weather continues in the same way)The forecast said the weather should hold until Tuesday.the weather breaks (=stops being good)We got almost all the harvest in before the weather + NOUNthe weather forecast (=a description of what the weather is expected to be like in the near future)What’s the weather forecast like for the weekend?the weather map (=a map showing the current or expected future weather)The weather map shows a band of rain coming in from the conditions (=whether it is raining or sunny)The rescue was difficult because of the appalling weather patterns (=the usual weather that comes at a particular time each year)Changes in weather patterns are thought to be caused by global warminga weather station (=a place used for studying and recording weather conditions)a weather centre British English, a weather bureau American English (=a place where information about the weather is collected and where reports are produced)The London Weather Centre has issued a warning that there could be extremely heavy rain and high winds over the next 24 hours.phrasesweather permitting (=if the weather is good enough)Breakfast is served on the terrace, weather permitting.THESAURUSweather use this to talk about whether it is hot or cold outside or whether it is raining, snowing, windy etcWhat was the weather like on your vacation?a period of warm sunny weatherclimate the usual weather conditions in a particular country or areaQueensland has a warm tropical climate.the climate of southern Floridathe outlook what the weather will probably be like for the next few daysThe outlook for the weekend is for continued sunny weather.conditions the weather at a particular time, especially when considering how this will affect a planned event or activityConditions are perfect for today’s boat race.Freezing conditions are making the roads extremely hazardous.the elements formal weather, especially bad weatherThe equipment had been left exposed to the elements.
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weatherWeather patterns have been changing as a result of global warming.Inside Menzion is old-fashioned and comfortable with blazing log fires in cold weather.Not even cool weather can stop the rapid rise of red numbers, or so it seems.In fact, many buy snow insurance as a hedge against extreme weather.The fine weather enjoyed by the island ensures that cricket is played all year round.This is particularly true when the period of hot weather is prolonged.It was the old mountain teaching another brutal lesson, that the mountain and its weather does not forgive a mistake.a period of warm sunny weatherDown from the mountains the weather was warmer, without the snow and wind of Canjuers.We want to have a picnic on Saturday, but it depends on the weather.What's the weather like today?What was the weather like on your vacation?We'll play softball in the park tomorrow, weather permitting.I don't like going to work on my bike in wet weather.
weatherweather2 verb 1 [transitive]SURVIVE to come through a very difficult situation safely The company weathered the storm of objections to the scheme. Northern Ireland weathered the recession better than any other region in the UK.2 [intransitive, transitive]CCCF if rock, wood, or someone’s face is weathered by the wind, sun, rain etc, or if it weathers, it changes colour or shape over a period of time The brick has weathered to a lovely pinky-brown. Her face was weathered by the sun.→ See Verb table
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weatherIn the first half, Petersfield had weathered a varied storm with a mixture of luck and determination.Still, Tomkins earnings likely will demonstrate the durability of the company to weathering downturns in specific markets.Thomas weathered over the last year-and-a-half.weathered the stormHow have you weathered the storm?Norwich weathered the storm after the break and looked likelier winners as the game wore on.Malone weathered the storm and broke out to seal the match after 69 minutes.Peterborough weathered the storm and could have taken a shock lead after 31 minutes.The police department has weathered the storm of criticism after the incident.John Major and his friends think they have weathered the storm of their lives.The Angharad, a sturdy fishing-boat with a fair-sized cabin, had weathered the storm safely, well out of harm's way.
From King Business Dictionaryweatherweath‧er /ˈweDə-ər/ verb [transitive] if a company, business etc weathers a difficult situation, it manages to come through it safelySmall businesses were less able toweather the recession.The company hasweathered the slump better than its competitors.→ See Verb tableOrigin weather1 Old English weder