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SHRIVEL (shrivelled, shrivelling)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shrivel mean? 

SHRIVEL (verb)
  The verb SHRIVEL has 2 senses:

1. wither, as with a loss of moisture
2. decrease in size, range, or extent

  Familiarity information: SHRIVEL used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SHRIVEL (verb)


Sense 1shrivel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wither, as with a loss of moisture

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

shrink; shrivel; shrivel up; wither

Context example:

The fruit dried and shriveled

Hypernyms (to "shrivel" is one way to...):

decrease; diminish; fall; lessen (decrease in size, extent, or range)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shrivel"):

atrophy (undergo atrophy)

die back; die down (suffer from a disease that kills shoots)

dry up; mummify (dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2shrivel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Decrease in size, range, or extent

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

shrivel; shrink

Context examples:

His earnings shrank / My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me

Hypernyms (to "shrivel" is one way to...):

decrease; diminish; fall; lessen (decrease in size, extent, or range)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sentence example:

Their earnings shrivel this year


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