dwindle

[dwin-dl]
verb (used without object), dwindled, dwindling.
1.
to become smaller and smaller; shrink; waste away: His vast fortune has dwindled away.
2.
to fall away, as in quality; degenerate.
verb (used with object), dwindled, dwindling.
3.
to make smaller and smaller; cause to shrink: Failing health dwindles ambition.

Origin:
1590–1600; dwine (now dial.) to waste away (Middle English; Old English dwīnan; cognate with Middle Dutch dwīnen to languish, Old Norse dvīna to pine away) + -le

undwindling, adjective


1. diminish, decline, lessen, wane. See decrease. 3. lessen.


1. increase. 3. magnify.
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dwindle (ˈdwɪndəl)
 
vb
to grow or cause to grow less in size, intensity, or number; diminish or shrink gradually
 
[C16: from Old English dwīnan to waste away; related to Old Norse dvīna to pine away]

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dwindle
1590s, apparently dim. and freq. of M.E. dwinen "waste away, fade, vanish," from O.E. dwinan, from P.Gmc. *dwinanan (cf. Du. dwijnen "to vanish"). Related: Dwindled; dwindling.
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Example sentences
But after the first couple of years, production tends to drop off
  precipitously, and the royalty checks will dwindle.
Tuition will increase across all higher-education sectors and state-financed
  student aid will continue to dwindle or remain flat.
The expedition's food supplies soon began to dwindle.
As food supplies dwindle populations sustained by aid will have to fend for
  themselves.
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