to contract and wrinkle, as from great heat, cold, or dryness.
to wither; make or become helpless or useless.
- un·shriv·eled, adjective
- un·shriv·elled, adjective
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How to use shrivel in a sentence
But as European governments cut back on the price they were willing to pay for drugs, European pharmaceutical research shrivelled.
I would rather go to church with Dolly in homespun, than ride in a carriage beside that shrivelled piece of tanned leather.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
His skin was shrivelled like that of a preserved fig, and he wore big horn-rimmed spectacles.Dope | Sax Rohmer
A little cringing shrivelled old man stood up in astonishment.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
The little shrivelled don who had been omniscient about guns joined in the baiting, and displayed himself a venomous creature.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
That magnificent proposition shrivelled to nothing in the black loneliness of that night.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for shrivel
to make or become shrunken and withered
to lose or cause to lose vitality
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