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A lot of people stop short. They don't actually die but they say, 'Right I'm old, and I'm going to retire,' and then they dwindle into nothing. They go off to Florida and become jolly boring.
Mary Wesley

Meaning of "dwindle" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DWINDLE

From Old English dwīnan to waste away; related to Old Norse dvīna to pine away.
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PRONUNCIATION OF DWINDLE

dwindle  [ˈdwɪndəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DWINDLE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Dwindle is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb dwindle in English.

WHAT DOES DWINDLE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of dwindle in the English dictionary

The definition of dwindle in the dictionary is to grow or cause to grow less in size, intensity, or number; diminish or shrink gradually.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO DWINDLE

PRESENT

Present
I dwindle
you dwindle
he/she/it dwindles
we dwindle
you dwindle
they dwindle
Present continuous
I am dwindling
you are dwindling
he/she/it is dwindling
we are dwindling
you are dwindling
they are dwindling
Present perfect
I have dwindled
you have dwindled
he/she/it has dwindled
we have dwindled
you have dwindled
they have dwindled
Present perfect continuous
I have been dwindling
you have been dwindling
he/she/it has been dwindling
we have been dwindling
you have been dwindling
they have been dwindling
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I dwindled
you dwindled
he/she/it dwindled
we dwindled
you dwindled
they dwindled
Past continuous
I was dwindling
you were dwindling
he/she/it was dwindling
we were dwindling
you were dwindling
they were dwindling
Past perfect
I had dwindled
you had dwindled
he/she/it had dwindled
we had dwindled
you had dwindled
they had dwindled
Past perfect continuous
I had been dwindling
you had been dwindling
he/she/it had been dwindling
we had been dwindling
you had been dwindling
they had been dwindling
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will dwindle
you will dwindle
he/she/it will dwindle
we will dwindle
you will dwindle
they will dwindle
Future continuous
I will be dwindling
you will be dwindling
he/she/it will be dwindling
we will be dwindling
you will be dwindling
they will be dwindling
Future perfect
I will have dwindled
you will have dwindled
he/she/it will have dwindled
we will have dwindled
you will have dwindled
they will have dwindled
Future perfect continuous
I will have been dwindling
you will have been dwindling
he/she/it will have been dwindling
we will have been dwindling
you will have been dwindling
they will have been dwindling
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would dwindle
you would dwindle
he/she/it would dwindle
we would dwindle
you would dwindle
they would dwindle
Conditional continuous
I would be dwindling
you would be dwindling
he/she/it would be dwindling
we would be dwindling
you would be dwindling
they would be dwindling
Conditional perfect
I would have dwindle
you would have dwindle
he/she/it would have dwindle
we would have dwindle
you would have dwindle
they would have dwindle
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been dwindling
you would have been dwindling
he/she/it would have been dwindling
we would have been dwindling
you would have been dwindling
they would have been dwindling
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you dwindle
we let´s dwindle
you dwindle
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to dwindle
Past participle
dwindled
Present Participle
dwindling
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DWINDLE


bindle
ˈbɪndəl
brindle
ˈbrɪndəl
bundle
ˈbʌndəl
candle
ˈkændəl
enkindle
ɪnˈkɪndəl
Grendel
ˈɡrɛndəl
Handel
ˈhændəl
handle
ˈhændəl
kindle
ˈkɪndəl
Mindel
ˈmɪndəl
rekindle
riːˈkɪndəl
scandal
ˈskændəl
spindle
ˈspɪndəl
swindle
ˈswɪndəl
Tindal
ˈtɪndəl
Tindale
ˈtɪndəl
trindle
ˈtrɪndəl
Tyndale
ˈtɪndəl
Tyndall
ˈtɪndəl
windle
ˈwɪndəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DWINDLE

dwaum
dweeb
dweebier
dweebiest
dweebish
dweeby
dwell
dwell on
dwell time
dweller
dwelling
dwelling house
dwelt
Dwem
dwile
dwindlement
dwindling
dwine
DWP
dwt

WORDS THAT END LIKE DWINDLE

bell, book, and candle
crank handle
dandle
dead man´s handle
door handle
fly off the handle
fondle
foot-candle
manhandle
mishandle
not worth the candle
outhandle
panhandle
Roman candle
rundle
trundle
unbundle
vascular bundle
votive candle
wandle

Synonyms and antonyms of dwindle in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DWINDLE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «dwindle» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of dwindle

Translation of «dwindle» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DWINDLE

Find out the translation of dwindle to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of dwindle from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «dwindle» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

缩小
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

menguar
570 millions of speakers

English

dwindle
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

सूखना
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

تتضاءل
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

сокращаться
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

diminuir
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ক্ষীণ হত্তয়া
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

diminuer
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Berkurang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

abnehmen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

次第に小さくなる
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

줄어들다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nyuda
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

suy nhược
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தேய்ந்து போ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

झिजवणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

bozulmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

diminuire
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

słabnąć
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

скорочуватися
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

diminuează
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

λιγοστεύουν
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

agteruit
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

sinar
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

svinne
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of dwindle

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DWINDLE»

The term «dwindle» is regularly used and occupies the 74.889 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DWINDLE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about dwindle

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4 QUOTES WITH «DWINDLE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word dwindle.
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Anne Bronte
All our talents increase in the using, and every faculty, both good and bad, strengthens by exercise: therefore, if you choose to use the bad, or those which tend to evil till they become your masters, and neglect the good till they dwindle away, you have only yourself to blame.
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Gabriel Byrne
What is that song that Willie Nelson sang? 'Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few.' I think of that. No big deal. I've reached a stage in my life where I am content.
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Laurie Graham
As one ages, eventually, no matter what regime you've followed, no matter how fiercely you've fought the fight, good health becomes harder to maintain. It may disappear overnight or simply dwindle, but with every year that passes, the odds shorten.
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Mary Wesley
A lot of people stop short. They don't actually die but they say, 'Right I'm old, and I'm going to retire,' and then they dwindle into nothing. They go off to Florida and become jolly boring.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DWINDLE»

Discover the use of dwindle in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to dwindle and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Our days dwindle: memories of my childhood days in Asante
T. E. Kyei's memoirs trace his life from his early childhood in the opening decade of the twentieth century through Ghana's independence in 1957.
Thomas E. Kyei, Jean Marie Allman, 2001
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I Rather Be Alone Than Have My Self-Worth Dwindle
Four different stories of four Christian women who are seeking beyond life itself to find their self-worth in a fleshly society.
Shanetria Peterson, 2008
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Murder in the Clouds
Jay Raymond. Dwindle commented sagely: 'And while we are about it, we'll get him to make a copy of everything on the hard disk.' Dickens once again deferred to Dwindle's superior knowledge of information technology.
Jay Raymond, 2002
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Top Marks for Murder
Dwindle said: 'We do at least know something of the lady's preferences. We know that she likes trees, which might suggest that she lives in or near a forest.' Dickens remarked cuttingly. 'One could argue with equal force that she lives in a  ...
Jay Raymond, 1992
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Verga's Blessing: Blending Dreams and Blood
Mr. Junior Dwindle spoke: “He was a stinky kid. Stinky from the beginning.” Turkey's ma disagreed, “Not stinky at all. Smells sort of like vanilla.” Mr. Dwindle hollered, “Stinky from the beginning, but no use arguing with this woman,” and Mr .
Jonathan Pearce, 2006
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Where Snowflakes Dwindle
Where Snowflakes Dwindle is a riveting compilation of poetry extracted from the mind and life of its author, Hannah Scheffler.
Hannah Scheffler, 2009
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The dramatic works of David Garrick: to which is prefixed a ...
Enter Nephew and Dwindle. Nepb. Dwindle, that gentleman there is the guardian to the lady that I am to be in love with Shou'd not I shew away to him, and astonish him with a little learning, eh, Dwindle ? Dwin. Do, sir, — let off a little Greek at ...
David Garrick, 1798
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The Gamesters: A Comedy
Enter Nephew and DwiNDLE. Neph. Dwindle, that gentleman there is the guarthan to the lady that I am. to be in love with. Should not I shew away to him, and astonish him with a little learning, eh, Dwindle? Dwin. Do, sir; let ofl'a little Greek at ...
James Shirley, Charles Johnson, 1792
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Dramatic Works: To which is Prefixed a Life of the Author
Enter Nephew and DWINDLE. Nepb. Dwindle, that gentleman there is the guardian to the lady that I am to be in love with Shou'd not I shew away to him, and astonish him with a little learning, eh, Dwindle f Dwin. Do, sir, — let oft" a little Greek ...
David Garrick, 1798

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DWINDLE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term dwindle is used in the context of the following news items.
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Suffolk Pc earned £15k overtime in a year as police numbers dwindle
In a year when Suffolk Constabulary lost 81 police officers, one constable was paid more than £15,000 in overtime, according to police figures. «East Anglian Daily Times, Jul 15»
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Imminent agreement chances in the Iran nuclear negotiations dwindle
Oil prices are rising significantly this morning. Brent has gained by a good 1% to reach $58 per barrel, while WTI is up 1.5% to $52.5 per barrel. «EconoTimes, Jul 15»
3
Qrops crackdown sees offshore pension options dwindle for expats
HM Revenue and Customs has launched a crackdown on overseas schemes open to UK expats who want to move their pension abroad, with ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
4
Cosby Supporters Dwindle in Light of 2005 Deposition Revelations
Long hailed as the quintessential father figure and television's leading role model, Bill Cosby may have just put the final nail in his legacy's ... «Paste Magazine, Jul 15»
5
Apple Watch US sales dwindle; fewer than 2000 people may have …
Last month, we reported that Apple sold about 2.8 million smartwatches from April (when its Watch first became available) to June. Initially ... «Phone Arena, Jul 15»
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Luxury Home Sales Dwindle in London as Buying Season 'Wiped Out'
(Bloomberg) -- London luxury-home owners, who rushed to offer their houses and apartments for sale after the Conservative Party won May's ... «swissinfo.ch, Jul 15»
7
Bridge Lanes Dwindle Between Duluth and Superior
DULUTH, MN (KDAL) - The Blatnik Bridge will be reduced to a single lane for Duluth-bound traffic between today and Thursday this week for a ... «KDAL, Jul 15»
8
Monday high in the 90s, storms dwindle
Showers and storms will continue to weaken through midnight as clouds break throughout the night too. Lows will fall into the mid to low 70s. «News 13 Orlando, Jul 15»
9
Prospects dwindle for Auburn wind turbine
AUBURN – In 2010, the town celebrated receiving an $85,000 grant from the state Clean Energy Center for a new wind tower feasibility study ... «Worcester Telegram, Jul 15»
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As jobs and pensions dwindle, Greeks turn to something new …
Greeks are among the least likely in Europe to do volunteer work, but economic woes have spurred growth in civil society. Some Greeks are ... «Yahoo News, Jul 15»

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