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
Commentators have lamented the dwindling number of students majoring in the
  humanities, but the picture may not be that bleak.
The irony is that the dangerous dwindling of diversity in our food supply is
  the unanticipated result of an agricultural triumph.
They are expected to eventually pitch in as the workforce shrinks amid the
  dwindling and aging population.
It saddens my heart to know that the arts of butchery and charcuterie are
  dwindling away.
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