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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: dwine 'to become less'

dwindle

verb
     
dwin‧dle [intransitive]
also dwindle away to gradually become less and less or smaller and smaller:
The elephant population is dwindling.
His money had dwindled away.
dwindle to
The stream has dwindled to a trickle.
dwindling adjective:
dwindling resources

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