Dwindle meaning

dwĭndl
To become gradually less until little remains.
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To dwindle is defined as to slowly be reduced or become smaller.

An example of dwindle is when you have a lot of candy and you eat it piece by piece, until the quantity of candy will start to reduce down to nothing.

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To cause to dwindle.

Difficulties that dwindled my enthusiasm for the recipe.

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(intransitive) To decrease, shrink, diminish, reduce in size.
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(intransitive, figuratively) To fall away in quality; degenerate, sink.

The flattery of his friends began to dwindle into simple approbation. (Goldsmith, Vicar, III)

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To lessen; to bring low.
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To break; to disperse.

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To keep on becoming or making smaller or less; diminish; shrink.
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Origin of dwindle

  • Frequentative of Middle English dwinen to waste away from Old English dwīnan to shrink dheu-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Diminutive form of dwine, from Old English dwinan (“to waste away”), akin to Old Norse dvena/dvína (Danish tvine (“to pine away”)).

    From Wiktionary