undwindling

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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