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Definition to decrease — in count or substance
  • Her savings dwindled down
dwindled = decreased
  • I started the diet with good intentions, but my resolution dwindled over time.
  • the world's dwindling population of sperm whales
  • Support for the legislation is dwindling.
  • As the last rays of daylight dwindled and disappeared, absolute blackness settled down on Treasure Island.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • You are not without the capacity of veneration, and faith and hope, and conscience and reason, and every other requisite to a Christian's character, if you choose to employ them; but all our talents increase in the using, and every faculty, both good and bad, strengthens by exercise: therefore, if you choose to use the bad, or those which tend to evil, till they become your masters, and neglect the good till they dwindle away, you have only yourself to blame.
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • The canals will stink; the streams of Egypt will dwindle and dry up. The reeds and rushes will wither,
    Isaiah 19:6 (NIV)
  • Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.
    Proverbs 13:11 (NIV)
  • They dwindled down to a couple in the last few years.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • dwindled = decreased
  • In fact, I believe we have us enough big cities, and a dwindling number of places like right here.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • The incessant chatter of the morning dwindled now to desultory remarks.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • HELEN plunges her hand into the dwindling water, spells into her own palm.
    William Gibson  --  The Miracle Worker
  • Never before had I wanted to give someone the best, but tonight I wanted to give Barbara everything my dwindling money could buy.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • Her thought processes dwindled, ceased.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • One by one he heard the Gladers' dwindling shouts and hoots up ahead.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Holly sighed, turning away from the already dwindling blue-rinse.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Then she turned her head to look over his shoulder, and the Thief's hopes dwindled.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • It shrunk, collapsed, and dwindled down into a bedpost.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • And their numbers were dwindling.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • She had only to drink the whole bottle and she would dwindle and disappear and cease to exist.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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