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verb shrivel pronunciation in American English /ˈʃrɪv(ə)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyshrivel
he/she/itshrivels
present participleshriveling or shrivelling
past tenseshriveled or shrivelled
past participleshriveled or shrivelled

or shrivel up shrivel pronunciation in American English

  1. 1
    [intransitive] if something such as a plant shrivels or shrivels up, it becomes smaller and thinner than usual and it does not look fresh and healthy
    The leaves had shriveled up in the summer heat.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something smaller and thinner than usual
      The fierce heat had shriveled the meat.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to become weaker or smaller in amount
    Funding for the project eventually shriveled up.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something weaker or smaller in amount
      Her angry tone had shriveled any confidence he had left.

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