Definition of dwindle in English:

dwindle

Line breaks: dwin¦dle
Pronunciation: /ˈdwɪnd(ə)l
 
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verb

[no object]
Diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength: traffic has dwindled to a trickle (as adjective dwindling) dwindling resources
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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 nosedive
decline, degenerate, deteriorate, fail, ebb, wane, sink, slip, slide, go downhill, go to rack and ruin, decay, wither, fade, fade away
Australian/New Zealand informal go to the pack

Origin

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.

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