shrivel

verb
shriv·​el | \ ˈshri-vəl How to pronounce shrivel (audio) , especially Southern ˈsri- \
shriveled or shrivelled; shriveling or shrivelling\ ˈshri-​vəl-​iŋ How to pronounce shrivel (audio) , ˈsri-​ ; ˈshriv-​liŋ , ˈsriv-​ \

Definition of shrivel

intransitive verb

1 : to draw into wrinkles especially with a loss of moisture
2a : to become reduced to inanition, helplessness, or inefficiency
b : dwindle

transitive verb

: to cause to shrivel

Examples of shrivel in a Sentence

plants shriveling in the heat
Recent Examples on the Web When temperatures began to soar in Uttar Pradesh state several weeks ago, Shukla’s wheat crops began to shrivel and his cows provided less milk. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Allow the ends of the affected plumeria, also known as frangipani shrubs, to shrivel a little and die back to healthy plant portions. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Feb. 2022 Critics have perennially predicted that the popularity of Apple’s signature smartphone will wear off, and the company will shrivel. Larry Light, Fortune, 28 Jan. 2022 Runners took up the theme in their unique way, vowing not to shrivel and shrink from the Boston Marathon but to return and reclaim it in 2014. Amby Burfoot, Outside Online, 7 Oct. 2021 Sacrifice bunts would shrivel up and automatic intentional walks to face the pitcher would vanish, too. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 31 Oct. 2021 Sacrifice bunts would shrivel up and automatic intentional walks to face the pitcher would vanish, too. Ben Walker, ajc, 31 Oct. 2021 Sacrifice bunts would shrivel up, and automatic intentional walks to face the pitcher would vanish, too. Ben Walker, courant.com, 31 Oct. 2021 Levi’s hollow characters would instantly shrivel if subjected to this level of sociological scrutiny. Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shrivel

1565, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for shrivel

origin unknown

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17 May 2022

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“Shrivel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shrivel. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for shrivel

shrivel

verb
shriv·​el | \ ˈshri-vəl How to pronounce shrivel (audio) \
shriveled or shrivelled; shriveling or shrivelling

Kids Definition of shrivel

: to shrink and become dry and wrinkled

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