- (intransitive) To decrease, shrink, diminish, reduce in size or intensity.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To fall away in quality; degenerate, sink.
- The flattery of his friends began to dwindle into simple approbation. (Goldsmith, Vicar, III)
- Jonathan Swift
- Religious societies, though begun with excellent intentions, are said to have dwindled into factious clubs.
- 1919, Boris Sidis, The Source and Aim of Human Progress
- The larger the empire, the more dwindles the mind of the citizen.
2014 September 26, Charles Quest-Ritson, “The Dutch garden where tulip bulbs live forever: Hortus Bulborum, a volunteer-run Dutch garden, is dedicated to conserving historic varieties before they vanish for good [print version: Inspired by a living bulb archive, 27 September 2014, p. G5]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Gardening):
- […] [I]nfected tulips are weakened by the viruses that cause the very patterns and swirls that fascinated horticulturists and investors in the first place. Such bulbs tend to dwindle away instead of fattening up and producing offsets.
- (transitive) To lessen; to bring low.
- Our drooping days are dwindled down to naught.
- To break up or disperse.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Clarendon to this entry?)
(intransitive) to decrease, shrink, vanish