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verb shrivel pronunciation in British English /ˈʃrɪv(ə)l/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyshrivel
he/she/itshrivels
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.

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

      The fierce heat had shrivelled the meat.

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  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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shrivelled

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