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shrivel

verb shriv·el \ˈshri-vəl, especially Southern ˈsri-\

: to become dry and wrinkled from heat, cold, or old age

: to cause (something) to become dry and wrinkled

shriv·eled or shriv·elledshriv·el·ing or shriv·el·ling\ˈshri-vəl-iŋ, ˈsri-; ˈshriv-liŋ, ˈsriv-\

Full Definition of SHRIVEL

intransitive verb
1
:  to draw into wrinkles especially with a loss of moisture
2
a :  to become reduced to inanition, helplessness, or inefficiency
b :  dwindle
transitive verb
:  to cause to shrivel
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Examples of SHRIVEL

  1. plants shriveling in the heat

Origin of SHRIVEL

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1565

Rhymes with SHRIVEL

SHRIVELING Defined for Kids

shrivel

verb shriv·el \ˈshri-vəl\
shriv·eled or shriv·elledshriv·el·ing or shriv·el·ling

Definition of SHRIVEL for Kids

:  to shrink and become dry and wrinkled

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