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
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v wither, as with a loss of moisture

“The fruit dried and shriveled
Synonyms:
shrink, shrivel up, wither
Types:
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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
Type of:
decrease, diminish, fall, lessen
decrease in size, extent, or range

v decrease in size, range, or extent

“My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me”
Synonyms:
shrink
Type of:
decrease, diminish, fall, lessen
decrease in size, extent, or range

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