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shrivel

shriv·el

shrivel

 
pronunciation:
shrI vl
part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: shriveled, shriveling, shrivels
definition 1: to contract or reduce in size, as by drying out.
synonyms:
wither
antonyms:
swell
similar words:
contract, desiccate, parch, pucker, scorch, shrink, wrinkle
definition 2: to lessen in vigor, strength, ability, or the like.
Her hopes shriveled in the face of constant failure.
synonyms:
decline, dwindle, ebb, erode, fade, wane, weaken
similar words:
decay, decrease, deteriorate, diminish, fall off, lessen, wilt, wither