- to become smaller and smaller; shrink; waste away: His vast fortune has dwindled away.
- to fall away, as in quality; degenerate.
- to make smaller and smaller; cause to shrink: Failing health dwindles ambition.
Origin of dwindle
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Examples from the Web for dwindle
While public interest in Ebola continues to dwindle, the epidemic itself continues to soar.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
If the money starts to dwindle, then Snyder will do something.The Native Americans Who Voted for ‘The Fighting Sioux’
June 26, 2014
Voegeli charges that Geoffrey Kabaservice and I propose only that Republicans dwindle into Democrats-lite.What Comes After the Tea Party?
February 21, 2013
This comes a day after the possibility of a potential third-party run by Lisa Murkowski began to dwindle.Alaska's Murkowski Is Finished
August 31, 2010
Terror continues to win as our civil liberties continue to dwindle.How The Media Chose Its Boston 'Suspects'
April 22, 2013
Somehow her parts seemed always to dwindle this way in retrospect.Audrey Craven
Was that not less dishonourable than to bid him remain and dwindle as she looked at him?Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
"I hope we don't have to use pressure, sir," Dwindle replied.
"Maybe he just wants clarification on a question," Dwindle said.
Dwindle, sitting on his left, suddenly punched him vigorously in the ribs.
- to grow or cause to grow less in size, intensity, or number; diminish or shrink gradually
Word Origin and History for dwindle
1590s, apparently diminutive and frequentative of Middle English dwinen "waste away, fade, vanish," from Old English dwinan, from Proto-Germanic *dwinanan (cf. Dutch dwijnen "to vanish," Old Norse dvina, Danish tvine, Low German dwinen), from PIE *dheu- (3) "to die" (see die (v.)). Related: Dwindled; dwindling.