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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.
References in classic literature ?
The Fogg party dwindled more and more, everybody was going against him, and the bets stood a hundred and fifty and two hundred to one; and a week after his departure an incident occurred which deprived him of backers at any price.
Kutuzov merely shrugged his shoulders when one after another they presented projects of maneuvers to be made with those soldiers- ill-shod, insufficiently clad, and half starved- who within a month and without fighting a battle had dwindled to half their number, and who at the best if the flight continued would have to go a greater distance than they had already traversed, before they reached the frontier.
'Captain Manzanca,' and 'Dust,' and 'In God's Ways,' and 'Sigurd,' and plays like "The Glove" and "The Bankrupt." He has never, as some authors have, dwindled in my sense; when I open his page, there I find him as large, and free, and bold as ever.
IN the evening I started, and drove out to sea before a gentle wind from the southwest, slowly, steadily; and the island grew smaller and smaller, and the lank spire of smoke dwindled to a finer and finer line against the hot sunset.
We walk'd together on the crown Of a high mountain which look'd down Afar from its proud natural towers Of rock and forest, on the hills - The dwindled hills!
The supposed fortune of the count had dwindled to a mere nothing, although he had given almost irrefutable evidence of its existence to Lizabetha Prokofievna and Prince S.
Across the desolate plain, stripped bare of all vegetation, and made hideous forever by the growth of a mighty industry, where the furnace fires reddened the sky, and only the unbroken line of ceaseless lights showed where town dwindled into village and suburbs led back again into town.
And when, again upon the shore, we turned and saw from the vessel's mast her name signalled in flags of joyous colours, and fluttering by their side the beautiful American banner with its stars and stripes, - the long three thousand miles and more, and, longer still, the six whole months of absence, so dwindled and faded, that the ship had gone out and come home again, and it was broad spring already in the Coburg Dock at Liverpool.
At length these streets becoming more straggling yet, dwindled and dwindled away, until there were only small garden patches bordering the road, with many a summer house innocent of paint and built of old timber or some fragments of a boat, green as the tough cabbage-stalks that grew about it, and grottoed at the seams with toad-stools and tight-sticking snails.
As the last rays of daylight dwindled and disappeared, absolute blackness settled down on Treasure Island.
In America, from a like cause, the government of the Union has gradually dwindled into a state of decay, approaching nearly to annihilation.