shrivel

When things shrivel, they wrinkle up and get smaller, the way leaves begin to shrivel and turn brown in the fall.

A lack of moisture can cause something to shrivel, and in humans it tends to be the natural process of aging that makes people shrivel a bit. Flowers will shrivel if you forget to water them, and grapes will eventually shrivel into raisins if you dry them out long enough. The root of shrivel is uncertain, but it may have a Scandinavian source and be related to the Swedish word skryvla, "to wrinkle."

Definitions of shrivel
  1. verb
    wither, as with a loss of moisture
    “The fruit dried and shriveled
    synonyms: shrink, shrivel up, wither
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    atrophy
    undergo atrophy
    blast
    shrivel or wither or mature imperfectly
    die back, die down
    suffer from a disease that kills shoots
    dry up, mummify
    dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture
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    decrease, diminish, fall, lessen
    decrease in size, extent, or range
  2. verb
    decrease in size, range, or extent
    “My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me”
    synonyms: shrink
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    decrease, diminish, fall, lessen
    decrease in size, extent, or range
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