dwindle
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /ˈdwɪn.dəl/
Verb

dwindle (dwindles, present participle dwindling; past and past participle dwindled)

  1. (intransitive) To decrease, shrink, diminish, reduce in size or intensity.
    • 1802, T. Paynell (translator), Erasmus, The Complaint of Peace
      [E]very thing that was improving gradually degenerates and dwindles away to nothing, […]
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To fall away in quality; degenerate, sink.
    • , Vicar, III
      ''The flattery of his friends began to dwindle into simple approbation.
    • 1709, Jonathan Swift, A Project for the Advancement of Religion and the Reformation of Manners
      Religious societies, though begun with excellent intentions, are said to have dwindled into factious clubs.
    • 1919, Boris Sidis, The Source and Aim of Human Progress
      The larger the empire, the more dwindles the mind of the citizen.
  3. (transitive) To lessen; to bring low.
    • Our drooping days are dwindled down to naught.
  4. To break up or disperse.
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