- Diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength: traffic has dwindled to a trickle (as adjective dwindling) dwindling resourcesMore example sentences
diminish, decrease, reduce, lessen, shrink; fall off, tail off, drop, fall, slump, plummet; disappear, vanish, die out• informal nosedivedecline, deteriorate, fail, slip, slide, fade, go downhill, go to rack and ruin• informal go to pot, go to the dogs, hit the skids, go down the tubes, go down the drain, go down the toilet
- Though she was many miles away, he felt her aura gradually dim and dwindle until it faded completely away…
- North Sea gas supplies are gradually dwindling, with much of the infrastructure now at a ripe old age.
- There is nothing wrong with the people - it is the investment which has gradually dwindled.
late 16th century: frequentative of Scots and dialect dwine 'fade away', from Old English dwīnan, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch dwīnen and Old Norse dvína.