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
History won’t matter, and the margin for error has shriveled.
Roast pods in preheated oven until they are slightly shriveled and have brown spots, 15 to 20 minutes.
Roast until tomatoes are softened and shriveled but not mushy, 1–1½ hours; pluck out thyme and garlic and discard (makes about 2¼ cups).
Avoid peaches that are green, shriveled or bruised.
But one of the contenders for the most off-putting drink was recently sabotaged: someone stole the dried shriveled human toe used to make the famous Sourtoe Cocktail at Dawson City’s Downtown Hotel reports Paul Tukker at CBC News.
This promise was not confined to the party’s shriveled moderate wing but included reliable right-wingers.
Sea lions and other marine mammals were no longer washing ashore shriveled and starving.
Time-lapse photos taken through a microscope in Riddell’s lab show those new CAR-T cells crawling over aggressive breast cancer, releasing toxic chemicals until tumor cells shrivel and die.
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Origin and Etymology of shrivel
First Known Use: 1565See Words from the same year
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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