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verb     shrivel pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleshrivelling
past tenseshrivelled
past participleshrivelled

or shrivel up     shrivel up pronunciation in British 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 shrivelled up in the summer heat.

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

      The fierce heat had shrivelled the meat.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to become weaker or smaller in amount
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something weaker or smaller in amount

      Her angry tone had shrivelled any confidence he had left.

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