shrivel

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verb shriv·el \ˈshri-vəl, especially Southern ˈsri-\

Definition of shrivel

shriveled

or

shrivelled

shriveling

or

shrivelling

play \ˈshri-vəl-iŋ, ˈsri-; ˈshriv-liŋ, ˈsriv-\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to draw into wrinkles especially with a loss of moisture

  3. 2a :  to become reduced to inanition, helplessness, or inefficiencyb :  dwindle

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause to shrivel

Examples of shrivel in a sentence

  1. plants shriveling in the heat

Origin and Etymology of shrivel

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1565


SHRIVEL Defined for English Language Learners

shrivel

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verb shriv·el \ˈshri-vəl, especially Southern ˈsri-\

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

shrivel

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verb shriv·el \ˈshri-vəl\

Definition of shrivel for Students

shriveled

or

shrivelled

shriveling

or

shrivelling

  1. :  to shrink and become dry and wrinkled


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