shrivel up


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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.shrivel up - wither, as with a loss of moistureshrivel up - wither, as with a loss of moisture; "The fruit dried and shriveled"
atrophy - undergo atrophy; "Muscles that are not used will atrophy"
decrease, diminish, lessen, fall - decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"
blast - shrivel or wither or mature imperfectly
die back, die down - suffer from a disease that kills shoots; "The plants near the garage are dying back"
dry up, mummify - dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture; "a mummified body was found"
Translations
يُغَضِّن، يَتَغَضَّن، يَجِف، يَيْبَس
zvadnout
krølle sammen
skrælna
kurumaksararıp solmak

w>shrivel up

vt sep = shrivel VT
vi
= shrivel VI
(fig) I just want to shrivel up when he looks at me like thatwenn er mich so ansieht, möchte ich am liebsten in den Boden versinken; he just shrivelled up when the boss questioned himbei den Fragen des Chefs wurde er ganz klein

shrivel

(ˈʃrivl) past tense, past participle ˈshrivelled , (American) ˈshriveled verb
to make or become dried up, wrinkled and withered. The flowers shrivelled in the heat.
shrivel up
to shrivel. The flowers shrivelled up; The heat shrivelled up the flowers.
References in classic literature ?
cried Tom, as he fired again, and such was the killing power of the electric bullets that the snake, though an immense one, and one that short of decapitation could have received many injuries without losing power, seemed to shrivel up.
The longing which had been upon him and driven him thus far, like the gad-fly in the Greek legends, giving him no rest in mind or body, seemed all of a sudden not to be satisfied, but to shrivel up and pall.
Even while the party were looking at it, the flower continued to shrivel up, till it became as dry and fragile as when the doctor had first thrown it into the vase.