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