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intr. & tr.v. shriv·eled, shriv·el·ing, shriv·els or shriv·elled or shriv·el·ling
1. To become or make shrunken and wrinkled, often by drying: Leaves die, fall, and shrivel. The heat shriveled the unwatered seedlings.
2. 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.
3. To become or make much less or smaller; dwindle.
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shrunken and withered
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|Adj.||1.||shrivelled - (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture; "dried-up grass"; "the desert was edged with sere vegetation"; "shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings"; "withered vines"|
botany, flora, vegetation - all the plant life in a particular region or period; "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern California"; "the botany of China"
dry - free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet; "dry land"; "dry clothes"; "a dry climate"; "dry splintery boards"; "a dry river bed"; "the paint is dry"
|2.||shrivelled - lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness; "the old woman's shriveled skin"; "he looked shriveled and ill"; "a shrunken old man"; "a lanky scarecrow of a man with withered face and lantern jaws"-W.F.Starkie; "he did well despite his withered arm"; "a wizened little man with frizzy grey hair"|
|3.||shrivelled - reduced in efficacy or vitality or intensity; "our shriveled receipts during the storm"; "as the project wore on she found her enthusiasm shriveled"; "the dollar's shrunken buying power"|
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adjective withered, dry, dried up, wrinkled, shrunken, wizened, desiccated, sere (archaic) It looked old and shrivelled.
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shrivelledshriveled (US) [ˈʃrɪvld] ADJ [plant etc] → marchito, seco; [skin] → arrugado, apergaminado
to have a shrivelled skin → tener la piel arrugada
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shrivelled, (US) shriveled
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