Shrivel meaning

shrĭv'əl
To become or make shrunken and wrinkled, often by drying.

Leaves die, fall, and shrivel. The heat shriveled the unwatered seedlings.

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To lose or cause to lose vitality or intensity.

My enthusiasm shriveled as the project wore on. Inflation shriveled the buying power of the dollar.

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To become or make much less or smaller; dwindle.
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To shrink and make or become wrinkled or withered.
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To make or become helpless, useless, or inefficient.
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(intransitive) To collapse inward; to crumble.

I saw him shrivel on the ground in fear.

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(intransitive) To become wrinkled.

His fingers were shriveled from being in the bath for too long.

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To draw into wrinkles.

The hot sun shrivelled the leaves.

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Origin of shrivel

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