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dwindle

[dwin-dl] /ˈdwɪn 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 of dwindle
1590-1600
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
Related forms
undwindling, adjective
Synonyms
1. diminish, decline, lessen, wane. See decrease. 3. lessen.
Antonyms
1. increase. 3. magnify.
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Examples from the web for dwindling
  • 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.
  • In an era of dwindling budgets, universities have identified language programs as an area for possible cuts.
  • Falling state aid and dwindling local property taxes have only reinforced the trend.
  • The finding highlights the importance of the rapidly dwindling habitats to reef communities.
  • Now, driven by fears of climate change and a dwindling oil supply, a similar wind blows elsewhere.
  • It involves adjunct labor, budget cuts, and dwindling resources.
  • Its distaste for the job seems clear from its dwindling purchases.
British Dictionary definitions for dwindling

dwindle

/ˈdwɪndəl/
verb
1.
to grow or cause to grow less in size, intensity, or number; diminish or shrink gradually
Word Origin
C16: from Old English dwīnan to waste away; related to Old Norse dvīna to pine away
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Word Origin and History for dwindling

dwindle

v.

1590s, apparently diminutive and frequentative of Middle English dwinen "waste away, fade, vanish," from Old English dwinan, from Proto-Germanic *dwinanan (cf. Dutch dwijnen "to vanish," Old Norse dvina, Danish tvine, Low German dwinen), from PIE *dheu- (3) "to die" (see die (v.)). Related: Dwindled; dwindling.

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