- 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 dwindling
After two decades of dwindling influence, NATO is refreshed and energized by the growing threat on its eastern flank.Did Vladimir Putin Just Save NATO?
September 4, 2014
In Wild Ones, you talk about the dwindling numbers of several species.Mississippi Hippos, Teddy Bears, and Other Strange Beasts
July 25, 2014
They can exacerbate splits within a ruling leadership, foment popular unrest, or expedite a dwindling current account.Why Aren’t Sanctions Stopping Putin?
Meghan L. O’Sullivan
May 13, 2014
Think thirtysomething single women are the only ones stressed about their dwindling options for marriage and kids?High Manxiety: Thirtysomething Men Are The New Neurotic Singles
May 4, 2014
The yakuza are dwindling from public view: it will be a long time before they are really gone---if ever.Where Have Japan’s Yakuza Gone?
Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
March 9, 2014
Cave-walls and roof all shrinking, dwindling, drawing down upon him.
Great distances here, in relation to the giant globe, were dwindling!
My poor father's health and his income were dwindling together.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
Even the thunder had rolled away, dwindling to a deep mutter.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Below him was a shrinking, dwindling landscape, wind-swept and desolate.
- to grow or cause to grow less in size, intensity, or number; diminish or shrink gradually
Word Origin and History for dwindling
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.