dwindle

verb
ADVERB
fast, quickly, rapidly

Supplies of coal are dwindling fast.

gradually, slowly
steadily
away, down (esp. AmE)

Membership of the club had dwindled away to nothing.

PREPOSITION
into

The group's support dwindled into insignificance.

to

Profits slowly dwindled to nothing.

Dwindle is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑number, ↑population, ↑reserve, ↑stock, ↑supply

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  • Dwindle — Dwin dle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dwindled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dwindling}.] [From OE. dwinen to languish, waste away, AS. dw[=i]nan; akin to LG. dwinen, D. dwijnen to vanish, Icel. dv[=i]na to cease, dwindle, Sw. tvina; of uncertain origin. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dwindle — UK US /ˈdwɪndl/ verb [I] ► to gradually become less, smaller, or lower in level: dwindle from sth to sth »The municipality s population has dwindled from 40,000 to 24,000. »dwindling funds/resources/stocks »Companies are having recruitment… …   Financial and business terms

  • Dwindle — Dwin dle, v. t. 1. To make less; to bring low. [1913 Webster] Our drooping days are dwindled down to naught. Thomson. [1913 Webster] 2. To break; to disperse. [R.] Clarendon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dwindle — Dwin dle, n. The process of dwindling; dwindlement; decline; degeneracy. [R.] Johnson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dwindle — index consume, decrease, deduct (reduce), depreciate, diminish, ebb, lessen, subside …   Law dictionary

  • dwindle — 1590s, apparently diminutive and frequentative of M.E. dwinen waste away, fade, vanish, from O.E. dwinan, from P.Gmc. *dwinanan (Cf. Du. dwijnen to vanish, O.N. dvina, Dan. tvine, Low Ger. dwinen), from PIE *dheu (3) to die (see DIE (Cf. die) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dwindle — diminish, lessen, *decrease, reduce, abate Analogous words: wane, ebb, *abate, subside: attenuate, extenuate, *thin: *moderate: disappear (see affirmative verb at APPEAR, 1) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dwindle — [v] waste away; taper off abate, bate, become smaller, close, contract, decay, decline, decrease, die away, die down, die out, diminish, drain, drop, ebb, fade, fall, grow less, lessen, peter out*, pine, shrink, shrivel, sink, slack off*, subside …   New thesaurus

  • dwindle — ► VERB ▪ diminish gradually. ORIGIN from Scots and dialect dwine «fade away» …   English terms dictionary

  • dwindle — [dwin′dəl] vi., vt. dwindled, dwindling [freq. of obs. dwine, to languish, fade < ME dwinen < OE dwīnan, akin to ON dvína < IE base * dheu : see DIE1] to keep on becoming or making smaller or less; diminish; shrink SYN. DECREASE …   English World dictionary

  • dwindle — v. (D; intr.) to dwindle (away) to (to dwindle to nothing) * * * [ dwɪndl] (D; intr.) to dwindle (away) to (to dwindle to nothing) …   Combinatory dictionary

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