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dwin·dle

 (dwĭn′dl)
v. dwin·dled, dwin·dling, dwin·dles
v.intr.
To become gradually less until little remains. See Synonyms at decrease.
v.tr.
To cause to dwindle: difficulties that dwindled my enthusiasm for the recipe.

[Frequentative of Middle English dwinen, to waste away, from Old English dwīnan, to shrink; see dheu- in Indo-European roots.]

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]

dwin•dle

(ˈdwɪn dl)

v. -dled, -dling. v.i.
1. to become smaller and smaller; shrink; diminish.
2. to fall away, as in quality; degenerate.
v.t.
3. to make smaller and smaller; cause to shrink.
[1590–1600; dwine (now dial.) to waste away (Middle English; Old English dwīnan; c. Middle Dutch dwīnen, Old Norse dvīna) + -le]
syn: See decrease.

dwindle


Past participle: dwindled
Gerund: dwindling

Imperative
dwindle
dwindle
Present
I dwindle
you dwindle
he/she/it dwindles
we dwindle
you dwindle
they dwindle
Preterite
I dwindled
you dwindled
he/she/it dwindled
we dwindled
you dwindled
they dwindled
Present Continuous
I am dwindling
you are dwindling
he/she/it is dwindling
we are dwindling
you are dwindling
they are dwindling
Present Perfect
I have dwindled
you have dwindled
he/she/it has dwindled
we have dwindled
you have dwindled
they have dwindled
Past Continuous
I was dwindling
you were dwindling
he/she/it was dwindling
we were dwindling
you were dwindling
they were dwindling
Past Perfect
I had dwindled
you had dwindled
he/she/it had dwindled
we had dwindled
you had dwindled
they had dwindled
Future
I will dwindle
you will dwindle
he/she/it will dwindle
we will dwindle
you will dwindle
they will dwindle
Future Perfect
I will have dwindled
you will have dwindled
he/she/it will have dwindled
we will have dwindled
you will have dwindled
they will have dwindled
Future Continuous
I will be dwindling
you will be dwindling
he/she/it will be dwindling
we will be dwindling
you will be dwindling
they will be dwindling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dwindling
you have been dwindling
he/she/it has been dwindling
we have been dwindling
you have been dwindling
they have been dwindling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dwindling
you will have been dwindling
he/she/it will have been dwindling
we will have been dwindling
you will have been dwindling
they will have been dwindling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dwindling
you had been dwindling
he/she/it had been dwindling
we had been dwindling
you had been dwindling
they had been dwindling
Conditional
I would dwindle
you would dwindle
he/she/it would dwindle
we would dwindle
you would dwindle
they would dwindle
Past Conditional
I would have dwindled
you would have dwindled
he/she/it would have dwindled
we would have dwindled
you would have dwindled
they would have dwindled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dwindle - become smaller or lose substance; "Her savings dwindled down"
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"

dwindle

dwindle

verb
To grow or cause to grow gradually less:
Translations
يَتَضاءَل، يَقِل
ubývatzmenšovatrozplynoutscvrkávat se
skrumpe indsvinde in
huvetavähetä
rÿrna, minnka
samazinātiessarauties
rozplynúť sa
azalmakküçülmek

dwindle

[ˈdwɪndl] VIreducirse, menguar
to dwindle toquedar reducido a
to dwindle away [money, sound] → disminuir, menguar
his life was dwindling awayse consumía poco a poco

dwindle

[ˈdwɪndəl] vi [number] → diminuer; [resources, exports] → diminuer; [support] → diminuer

dwindle

vi (strength, relevance)schwinden, abnehmen; (interest) → nachlassen; (numbers, audiences)zurückgehen, abnehmen; (supplies, stocks)schrumpfen, zur Neige gehen

dwindle

[ˈdwɪndl] vi (numbers, supplies) → assottigliarsi, diminuire, decrescere; (interest) → affievolirsi
to dwindle to → ridursi a

dwindle

(ˈdwindl) verb
to grow less. His money dwindled away.
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Here, no doubt, statistics of the former commerce of Salem might be discovered, and memorials of her princely merchants -- old King Derby -- old Billy Gray -- old Simon Forrester -- and many another magnate in his day, whose powdered head, however, was scarcely in the tomb before his mountain pile of wealth began to dwindle.
I remarked this in Peggotty, too, when she came down; and I have seen it since; and I think, in the expectation of that dread surprise, all other changes and surprises dwindle into nothing.
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But towards the middle of October the resolution began to dwindle perceptibly, and showed dangerous symptoms of exhaustion.
When no longer under the same roof with Edmund, she trusted that Miss Crawford would have no motive for writing strong enough to overcome the trouble, and that at Portsmouth their correspondence would dwindle into nothing.
It will dwindle and dwindle as the months roll on, and there is no replenishing the fuel.
Don't suppose that I don't understand your reasons for not wanting to let this feeling between us dwindle into an ordinary hole-and-corner love-affair.
I "averaged" a man as he passed me and watched him as he drifted far down by the baldacchino and beyond--watched him dwindle to an insignificant school-boy, and then, in the midst of the silent throng of human pigmies gliding about him, I lost him.