wither away

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wither away(
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (medicine)
a. atrofiarse
The soldier's left foot withered away, so the doctor was forced to amputate it.El pie izquierdo del soldado se atrofió y el doctor se vio obligado a amputárselo.
2. (to shrivel up)
a. marchitarse
In the drought, all the leaves on the trees withered away.Durante la sequía, se marchitaron las hojas de todos los árboles.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to decline)
a. desvanecerse
When I could see it wasn't returned, my affection for him began to wither away.Al ver que no era correspondido, mi cariño por él empezó a desvanecerse.
b. decaer
The once mighty empire had now withered away.El antaño poderoso imperio ahora ya había decaído.
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wither away
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
[+flower, plant] marchitarse; [+hope] desvanecerse;
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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