dwin·​dle | \ ˈdwin-dᵊl How to pronounce dwindle (audio) \
dwindled; dwindling\ ˈdwin-​(d)liŋ How to pronounce dwindling (audio) , -​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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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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The deliveries record is welcome news after Tesla faced a stock slump through much of June and weathered fears that demand for its vehicles had fallen amid a dwindling federal tax credit. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: I drove a Tesla Model 3 and here's what I learned: Trust but verify," 3 July 2019 Well, tune in your ears, as this dwindling Carolinian brogue (or dialect) may be on the brink of extinction. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Residents of This Outer Banks Island Speak a Unique Elizabethan English and Pirates Dialect," 27 June 2019 The unusual request put Simone, raised a Christian, on a path of connecting to Judaism, and led her and several other family members to become members of Recife’s dwindling Jewish community. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "When elders reveal they are Jewish on their deathbeds, their children often return to Judaism," 27 June 2019 As President Donald Trump attempts to prop up the nation’s dwindling coal industry, Illinois is taking another step away from its dirtiest source of electricity. Michael Hawthorne, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois is moving away from coal, despite Trump bailout of struggling industry," 25 June 2019 Many monarch butterflies are bred in captivity and then released in the summer and autumn by enthusiasts in an attempt to boost their dwindling numbers. Doug Criss, CNN, "Monarch butterflies born in captivity have a tougher time migrating south in the winter," 25 June 2019 If Golden State maxes everyone, then the front office can only flesh out the roster with dwindling cap exceptions and vet minimums. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Rebuild the Warriors? Golden State Faces Tricky Calculus This Summer," 14 June 2019 The Royals need to sell themselves to people making decisions based on now, not three years from now, and in that way this is a small money club with dwindling attendance and a new TV contract is only going to fix so much. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Bobby Witt Jr., Ned Yost, Patrick Mahomes and dad’n," 4 June 2019 But with waters now rising again, and expected to come close to the heights of 1993, a dwindling set of volunteers were left to the grueling routine of protecting the town. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "In the Midwest, Relentless Floods Dredge Up ‘Shadow’ of 1993," 3 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dwindle

: to gradually become smaller


dwin·​dle | \ ˈdwin-dəl How to pronounce dwindle (audio) \
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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