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verb shrivel pronunciation in British English /ˈʃrɪv(ə)l/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleshrivelling
past tenseshrivelled
past participleshrivelled

or shrivel up shrivel 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

    Funding for the project eventually shrivelled up.

    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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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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