Shrivel

  • 1 shrivel — UK [ˈʃrɪv(ə)l] / US or shrivel up UK / US verb Word forms shrivel : present tense I/you/we/they shrivel he/she/it shrivels present participle shrivelling past tense shrivelled past participle shrivelled 1) a) [intransitive] if something such as a …

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  • 2 shrivel up — shrivel UK [ˈʃrɪv(ə)l] / US or shrivel up UK / US verb Word forms shrivel : present tense I/you/we/they shrivel he/she/it shrivels present participle shrivelling past tense shrivelled past participle shrivelled 1) a) [intransitive] if something… …

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  • 3 Shrivel — Shriv el, v. t. To cause to shrivel or contract; to cause to shrink onto corruptions. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 shrivel — 1560s (implied in shriveled), of unknown origin, perhaps from a Scandinavian source (Cf. Swed. skryvla to wrinkle, to shrivel ) …

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  • 5 Shrivel — Shriv el, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Shriveled}or {Shrivelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shriveling} or {Shrivelling}.] [Probably akin to shrimp, shrink; cf. dial. AS. screpa to pine away, Norw. skrypa to waste, skryp, skryv, transitory, frail, Sw. skr[… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 shrivel — index decay, degenerate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 7 shrivel — *wither, wizen Analogous words: parch, desiccate, *dry: sear, scorch, *burn …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 shrivel — has inflected forms shrivelled, shrivelling, and in AmE usually shriveled, shriveling …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 shrivel — [v] dehydrate, dry up burn, contract, desiccate, dwindle, fossilize, mummify, mummy, parch, scorch, sear, shrink, stale, welter, wilt, wither, wizen, wrinkle; concepts 137,250,255 Ant. enlarge, expand, grow, unwrinkle …

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  • 10 shrivel — ► VERB (shrivelled, shrivelling; US shriveled, shriveling) ▪ wrinkle and contract through loss of moisture. ORIGIN perhaps Scandinavian …

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  • 11 shrivel — [shriv′əl] vt., vi. shriveled or shrivelled, shriveling or shrivelling [Early ModE, prob. < Scand, as in Swed dial. skryvla, to wrinkle] 1. to shrink and make or become wrinkled or withered 2. to make or become helpless, useless, or… …

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  • 12 shrivel — [[t]ʃrɪ̱v(ə)l[/t]] shrivels, shrivelling, shrivelled V ERG When something shrivels, it becomes dryer and smaller, often with lines in its surface, as a result of losing the water it contains. The plant shrivels and dies. [V n] ...dry weather that …

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  • 13 shrivel up — verb wither, as with a loss of moisture The fruit dried and shriveled • Syn: ↑shrivel, ↑shrink, ↑wither • Hypernyms: ↑decrease, ↑diminish, ↑lessen, ↑fall …

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  • 14 shrivel — shriv|el [ˈʃrıvəl] v also shrivel up past tense and past participle shrivelled present participle shrivelling BrE past tense and past participle shriveled present participle shriveling AmE [I and T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Perhaps from a …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 shrivel — also shrivel up verb shrivelled, shrivelling BrE, shriveled, shriveling AmE (I, T) if something shrivels or is shrivelled, it becomes smaller and its surface is covered in lines because it is very dry or old: The grapes are left out in the sun to …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 shrivel — verb ( eled or elled; eling or shrivelling) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1565 intransitive verb 1. to draw into wrinkles especially with a loss of moisture 2. a. to become reduced to inanition, helplessness, or inefficiency b. dwindle …

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  • 17 Shrivel — Shrivelling is a natural phenomenon where an object, with an attached sub elastic covering, has its interior volume reduced in some way. The covering, which cannot contract any further, is then obliged to wrinkle and buckle, in order to preserve… …

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  • 18 shrivel — verb /ˈʃrɪvəl/ a) To collapse inward; to crumble. I saw him shrivel on the ground in fear. b) To become wrinkled. His fingers were shriveled from being in the bath for too long …

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  • 19 shrivel — Synonyms and related words: Sanforize, age, air dry, anhydrate, attenuate, bake, blot, brush, burn, cheat the undertaker, consume, contract, cure, curl up, decline, dehumidify, dehydrate, desiccate, diminish, dodder, drain, droop, dry, dry up,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 shrivel — shriv|el [ ʃrıvl ] (present participle shriv|el|ing or shriv|el|ling; past tense and past participle shriv|eled or shriv|elled) or ,shrivel up verb 1. ) intransitive if something such as a plant shrivels or shrivels up, it becomes smaller and… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English