dwindle

  • 1 Dwindle — Dwin dle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dwindled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dwindling}.] [From OE. dwinen to languish, waste away, AS. dw[=i]nan; akin to LG. dwinen, D. dwijnen to vanish, Icel. dv[=i]na to cease, dwindle, Sw. tvina; of uncertain origin. The… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 dwindle — UK US /ˈdwɪndl/ verb [I] ► to gradually become less, smaller, or lower in level: dwindle from sth to sth »The municipality s population has dwindled from 40,000 to 24,000. »dwindling funds/resources/stocks »Companies are having recruitment… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Dwindle — Dwin dle, v. t. 1. To make less; to bring low. [1913 Webster] Our drooping days are dwindled down to naught. Thomson. [1913 Webster] 2. To break; to disperse. [R.] Clarendon. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Dwindle — Dwin dle, n. The process of dwindling; dwindlement; decline; degeneracy. [R.] Johnson. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 dwindle — index consume, decrease, deduct (reduce), depreciate, diminish, ebb, lessen, subside …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 dwindle — 1590s, apparently diminutive and frequentative of M.E. dwinen waste away, fade, vanish, from O.E. dwinan, from P.Gmc. *dwinanan (Cf. Du. dwijnen to vanish, O.N. dvina, Dan. tvine, Low Ger. dwinen), from PIE *dheu (3) to die (see DIE (Cf. die) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 dwindle — diminish, lessen, *decrease, reduce, abate Analogous words: wane, ebb, *abate, subside: attenuate, extenuate, *thin: *moderate: disappear (see affirmative verb at APPEAR, 1) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 dwindle — [v] waste away; taper off abate, bate, become smaller, close, contract, decay, decline, decrease, die away, die down, die out, diminish, drain, drop, ebb, fade, fall, grow less, lessen, peter out*, pine, shrink, shrivel, sink, slack off*, subside …

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  • 9 dwindle — ► VERB ▪ diminish gradually. ORIGIN from Scots and dialect dwine «fade away» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 dwindle — [dwin′dəl] vi., vt. dwindled, dwindling [freq. of obs. dwine, to languish, fade < ME dwinen < OE dwīnan, akin to ON dvína < IE base * dheu : see DIE1] to keep on becoming or making smaller or less; diminish; shrink SYN. DECREASE …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 dwindle — v. (D; intr.) to dwindle (away) to (to dwindle to nothing) * * * [ dwɪndl] (D; intr.) to dwindle (away) to (to dwindle to nothing) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 dwindle — UK [ˈdwɪnd(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms dwindle : present tense I/you/we/they dwindle he/she/it dwindles present participle dwindling past tense dwindled past participle dwindled to become gradually less or smaller over a period of… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 dwindle — dwin|dle [ˈdwındl] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: dwine [i] to become less ] also dwindle away to gradually become less and less or smaller and smaller ▪ The elephant population is dwindling. ▪ His money had dwindled away. dwindle to ▪ The stream… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 dwindle — dwin|dle [ dwındl ] verb intransitive to become gradually less or smaller over a period of time until almost nothing remains: Resources are dwindling. dwindle to: Water supplies have dwindled to their lowest level in ten years. dwindle away: Her… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 dwindle — verb (I) also dwindle away to gradually become less and less or smaller and smaller: The workforce has dwindled since its pre war heyday. | dwindle (away) to nothing/one/two etc: Their supply of food had dwindled to almost nothing. dwindling… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 dwindle — verb /ˈdwɪn.dəl/ a) To decrease, shrink, diminish, reduce in size [E]very thing that was improving gradually degenerates and dwindles away to nothing, b) to fall away in quality; degenerate, sink …

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  • 17 dwindle — verb ADVERB ▪ fast, quickly, rapidly ▪ Supplies of coal are dwindling fast. ▪ gradually, slowly ▪ steadily …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 dwindle — verb (dwindled; dwindling) Etymology: probably frequentative of dwine to waste away, from Middle English, from Old English dwīnan; akin to Old Norse dvīna to pine away, deyja to die more at die Date: 1596 intransitive verb to become …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 dwindle — /dwin dl/, v., dwindled, dwindling. v.i. 1. to become smaller and smaller; shrink; waste away: His vast fortune has dwindled away. 2. to fall away, as in quality; degenerate. v.t. 3. to make smaller and smaller; cause to shrink: Failing health… …

    Universalium

  • 20 dwindle — Synonyms and related words: abate, ablate, attenuate, bate, be consumed, be eaten away, be gone, calm, calm down, cease, cease to be, cease to exist, close, condense, consume, consume away, contract, corrode, crumble, decline, decrease,… …

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