1. To tolerate or endure a storm safely for its duration. A noun or pronoun can be used between "weather" and "out." The national meteorological service has recommended that everyone on the east coast stay indoors to weather out the extreme cold front set to hit the country this weekend. The hurricane descended just as our vacation began, so we had to weather it out in our hotel room the whole time.
2. To tolerate or endure some undesirable, unfortunate, or risky situation for its duration. A noun or pronoun can be used between "weather" and "out." We consolidated a lot of our business structures in an attempt to weather out the economic recession. I know you're finding it tough not being able to find a job, but you just have to weather this out and believe that everything will work out in the end.
3. To force something to be canceled or postponed to a later date. Used primarily in passive constructions. We were worried the game would be weathered out because of the forecast the night before, but we ended up having blue skies that afternoon. The festival was weathered out, having to be pushed back to June.
4. To be exposed in or separated from the surrounding minerals due to the eroding effect of weather. Often used in passive constructions. It's extremely rare to find gemstones in such good conditions that have weathered out naturally.
5. To cause something to be exposed in or separated from the surrounding substances due to the eroding effect of weather. Often used in passive constructions. The extreme conditions in this part of the country has weathered a huge number of fossils out of the shale—more than any other location in the world. You can tell by these marks where wind and rain weathered out gold deposits.
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1. To spend, endure, or survive some storm: We weathered out the storm in a shelter. I'm not sure if we will evacuate the area or stay here and weather the storm out.
2. To force the cancellation or postponement of some event because of adverse weather: Our flight was scheduled for 6:00, but the storm weathered it out. The picnic was weathered out.
3. To spend, endure, or survive something: I weathered out five tours in Vietnam. The first weeks of school are difficult, but you'll weather them out.
4. To become exposed by the erosion of surrounding material: Some of the dinosaur bones remain embedded in the rock, while others are lying on the surface where they weathered out. We found many geodes that had weathered out and were lying in the sand.
5. weather out of To become separated from some surrounding material by the erosive effects of weather: The holes are where hematite has weathered out of the sandstone. We found gold that had weathered out of a vein upstream.
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