dwindle

verb
dwin·​dle | \ˈdwin-dᵊl \
dwindled; dwindling\-​(d)liŋ, -​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of dwindle 

intransitive verb

: to become steadily less : shrink Their savings dwindled to nothing. a dwindling population

transitive verb

: to make steadily less

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Choose the Right Synonym for dwindle

decrease, lessen, diminish, reduce, abate, dwindle mean to grow or make less. decrease suggests a progressive decline in size, amount, numbers, or intensity. slowly decreased the amount of pressure lessen suggests a decline in amount rather than in number. has been unable to lessen her debt diminish emphasizes a perceptible loss and implies its subtraction from a total. his visual acuity has diminished reduce implies a bringing down or lowering. you must reduce your caloric intake abate implies a reducing of something excessive or oppressive in force or amount. the storm abated dwindle implies progressive lessening and is applied to things growing visibly smaller. their provisions dwindled slowly

Examples of dwindle in a Sentence

Our energy dwindled as the meeting dragged on. The town's population is dwindling away.

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As the year progresses, outside scholarship opportunities will dwindle down. Fresh U, Teen Vogue, "7 Things You Should Actually Do When Applying to Colleges," 20 Nov. 2018 That caravan dwindled as the group approached the U.S. border, with some giving up along the way and others splitting off to try to cross on their own. Fox News, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 That caravan dwindled as the group approached the U.S. border, with some giving up along the way and others splitting off to try to cross on their own. Sonia Perez D., The Seattle Times, "Honduran migrants bed down after pushing into Guatemala," 15 Oct. 2018 The Azzurri have seen their talent pool steadily dwindle since 2006, the year of their last World Cup title. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, "The strange, sad mood in Italy as the national team misses the World Cup for the first time in 60 years," 21 June 2018 Thursday … Teams are dwindling by the day as state playoffs are quickly approaching for baseball and softball. Corey Sharp, Philly.com, "Wednesday's Pa. roundup: Faith Christian walks-off to win District 1 Class 1A final," 30 May 2018 Federal and local scientists will meet next month to debate how best to revive a species that numbered more than 1 million in the 1800s but dwindled to 13 birds during the 1970s after decades of forest clearing. Danica Coto, The Seattle Times, "Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after Maria," 21 Nov. 2018 Save for my occasional dalliances with the nostalgic glass bottle and sage green packaging, its contents never seemed to dwindle. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "This Iconic Moisturizer Just Got a Major Upgrade—And It’s a Game Changer," 13 Nov. 2018 The changes have led to steadily dwindling ratings, with the show hitting yet another series low earlier this season. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead has a Rick Grimes movie trilogy on the way," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of dwindle

1596, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for dwindle

probably frequentative of dwine to waste away, from Middle English, from Old English dwīnan; akin to Old Norse dvīna to pine away, deyja to die — more at die

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More Definitions for dwindle

dwindle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dwindle

: to gradually become smaller

dwindle

verb
dwin·​dle | \ˈdwin-dəl \
dwindled; dwindling

Kids Definition of dwindle

: to make or become less or smaller … she had suddenly dwindled down to the size of a little doll …— Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

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