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verb (used without object),dwin·dled, dwin·dling.
  1. to become smaller and smaller; shrink; waste away: His vast fortune has dwindled away.

  2. to fall away, as in quality; degenerate.

verb (used with object),dwin·dled, dwin·dling.
  1. to make smaller and smaller; cause to shrink: Failing health dwindles ambition.

Origin of dwindle

1590–1600; dwine (now dial.) to waste away (Middle English; Old English dwīnan; cognate with Middle Dutch dwīnen to languish, Old Norse dvīna to pine away) + -le

synonym study For dwindle

1. See decrease.

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Other words from dwindle

  • un·dwin·dling, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dwindle


/ (ˈdwɪndəl) /

  1. to grow or cause to grow less in size, intensity, or number; diminish or shrink gradually

Origin of dwindle

C16: from Old English dwīnan to waste away; related to Old Norse dvīna to pine away

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