Definition of shrivel
shrivellingplay \ˈshri-vəl-iŋ, ˈsri-; ˈshriv-liŋ, ˈsriv-\
1 : to draw into wrinkles especially with a loss of moisture
2a : to become reduced to inanition, helplessness, or inefficiencyb : dwindle
: to cause to shrivel
Examples of shrivel in a Sentence
plants shriveling in the heat
Recent Examples of shrivel from the Web
The tendril beside the stem that connects the watermelon to the vine will shrivel up.
People found shelter from the 100-degree heat who might otherwise have shriveled in the sun.
The town’s main business, grape farming, was shriveling.
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Origin and Etymology of shrivel
First Known Use: 1565
SHRIVEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shrivel for English Language Learners
: to become dry and wrinkled from heat, cold, or old age
: to cause (something) to become dry and wrinkled
SHRIVEL Defined for Kids
Definition of shrivel for Students
: to shrink and become dry and wrinkled
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