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verb shrivel pronunciation in American English /ˈʃrɪv(ə)l/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleshriveling or shrivelling
past tenseshriveled or shrivelled
past participleshriveled or shrivelled
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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.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something smaller and thinner than usual

      The fierce heat had shriveled the meat.

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