Definition of dwindle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

dwindle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈdwɪndl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdwɪndl//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dwindle
BrE BrE//ˈdwɪndl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdwɪndl//
 
he / she / it dwindles
BrE BrE//ˈdwɪndlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdwɪndlz//
 
past simple dwindled
BrE BrE//ˈdwɪndld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdwɪndld//
 
past participle dwindled
BrE BrE//ˈdwɪndld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdwɪndld//
 
-ing form dwindling
BrE BrE//ˈdwɪndlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdwɪndlɪŋ//
 
 
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to become gradually less or smaller dwindling audiences a dwindling band of supporters dwindle (away) (to something) Support for the party has dwindled away to nothing. dwindle (from something) (to something) Membership of the club has dwindled from 70 to 20. Word Origin late 16th cent.: frequentative of Scots and dialect dwine ‘fade away’, from Old English dwīnan, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch dwīnen and Old Norse dvína.Extra examples Profits slowly dwindled to nothing. Supplies of coal are dwindling fast. The group’s support dwindled into insignificance.
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