shrivel - definition and synonyms

verb 

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/ˈʃrɪv(ə)l/
present tense
I/you/we/theyshrivel
he/she/itshrivels
present participleshrivelling
past tenseshrivelled
past participleshrivelled

or shrivel up 

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  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.

     Synonyms and related words
    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.

derived word

shrivelled

adjective