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ˈdwɪn dldwin·dle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dwindle, dwindle away, dwindle down(verb)

    become smaller or lose substance

    "Her savings dwindled down"

Wiktionary

  1. dwindle(Verb)

    To decrease, shrink, diminish, reduce in size.

    Etymology: Diminutive form of dwine, from dwinan, akin to Old Norse dvena/dvína \(Danish tvine150290).

  2. dwindle(Verb)

    To fall away in quality; degenerate, sink.

    The flattery of his friends began to dwindle into simple approbation. (Goldsmith, Vicar, III)

    Etymology: Diminutive form of dwine, from dwinan, akin to Old Norse dvena/dvína \(Danish tvine150290).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dwindle(verb)

    to diminish; to become less; to shrink; to waste or consume away; to become degenerate; to fall away

    Etymology: [From OE. dwinen to languish, waste away, AS. dwnan; akin to LG. dwinen, D. dwijnen to vanish, Icel. dvna to cease, dwindle, Sw. tvina; of uncertain origin. The suffix -le, preceded by d excrescent after n, is added to the root with a diminutive force.]

  2. Dwindle(verb)

    to make less; to bring low

    Etymology: [From OE. dwinen to languish, waste away, AS. dwnan; akin to LG. dwinen, D. dwijnen to vanish, Icel. dvna to cease, dwindle, Sw. tvina; of uncertain origin. The suffix -le, preceded by d excrescent after n, is added to the root with a diminutive force.]

  3. Dwindle(verb)

    to break; to disperse

    Etymology: [From OE. dwinen to languish, waste away, AS. dwnan; akin to LG. dwinen, D. dwijnen to vanish, Icel. dvna to cease, dwindle, Sw. tvina; of uncertain origin. The suffix -le, preceded by d excrescent after n, is added to the root with a diminutive force.]

  4. Dwindle(noun)

    the process of dwindling; dwindlement; decline; degeneracy

    Etymology: [From OE. dwinen to languish, waste away, AS. dwnan; akin to LG. dwinen, D. dwijnen to vanish, Icel. dvna to cease, dwindle, Sw. tvina; of uncertain origin. The suffix -le, preceded by d excrescent after n, is added to the root with a diminutive force.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dwindle

    dwin′dl, v.i. to grow less: to waste away: to grow feeble: to become degenerate.—v.t. to lessen.—n. decline.—n. Dwin′dlement. [Dim. of Dwine.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dwindle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dwindle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of dwindle in a Sentence

  1. Darin Kraetsch:

    In a short period of time, we’ve seen a very competitive marketplace among big-box stores dwindle, that’s one of the things we hope to capitalize on. We hope to disrupt the space they have left open for small and medium-size business that Staples can’t afford to service.

  2. Gad Saad:

    According to the data. . . they’re happy when they get there, but when my star starts to dwindle and my body has been used 33,000 times, what do I do ? What’s going to happen ? They don’t seem to think about that.

  3. Dave Krepcho:

    My concern is that we will see food and funding dwindle, the level of service would diminish considerably. That means tens of thousands of people in our community will literally not have food to eat.

  4. Greg Adams:

    As hospital bed count continues to dwindle, we will not be able to keep up if [coronavirus cases, hopsitalizations] continue to increase.

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