- Diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength: traffic has dwindled to a trickle (as adjective dwindling) dwindling resourcesMore example sentences
diminish, decrease, reduce, get smaller, become smaller, grow smaller, become less, grow less, lessen, wane, contract, shrink, fall off, taper off, tail off, drop, fall, go down, sink, slump, plummet; disappear, vanish, die out• informal nosedive, take a nosedivedecline, degenerate, deteriorate, fail, ebb, wane, sink, slip, slide, go downhill, go to rack and ruin, decay, wither, fade, fade away• informal peter out, go to pot, go to the dogs, hit the skids, go down the toilet, go down the tubesAustralian/New Zealand • informal go to the pack
- 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.