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verb as in dehydrate, dry up

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Over time, the fruit will start to soften and shrivel, forming an elegantly craggy surface with deep grooves in the folded skin.

From Eater

To see, say, frost-shriveled red rose hips near a clump of giant snowdrops in December bloom is wonderful, but the sight also seems to signify winter’s altered state.

Some females will take on multiple live-in boyfriends, with her body providing them nutrients as they shrivel into lazy sacks of sperm to fertilize her eggs.

As stores shuttered and revenue shriveled, it would have been easy for brands and media companies across the board to simply focus on keeping the doors open.

From Digiday

Delayed action will only allow more small businesses to shrivel and die, and our streets to therefore become less welcoming and safe.

Ours is the Caiman model, a 6x6 behemoth that weighs in at over 15 tons and makes Humvees shrivel up with feelings of inadequacy.

And then you had the early feminists who were making their young husbands shrivel up because they could never do anything right.

For some time, those contractors have faced the reality of a GOP increasingly willing to shrivel defense budgets.

Presidential power, like a muscle, can strengthen if exercised effectively—or shrivel.

However, if asked to bet whether right-wing apoplexy will grow or shrivel, the smart money obviously has to say the former.

The man on the floor would shrivel up and say, "Oh, please don't, Bill; I hain't ever goin' to tell."

Or what is it wholly unsettlesThy sequence of shower and shine, And maketh thy pushings and petalsTo shrivel and pine?

They says his voice is like thunder, an' lightnin' shoots fr'm his eyes that wud shrivel th' likes iv ye an' me to a cinder.'

As soon as the fish are nearly ready for spawning, all their digestive parts shrivel up, so that they can't eat.

It looked as though the towns would shrivel up, because of the tremendously high wages demanded by the men who were needed there.


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On this page you'll find 51 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to shrivel, such as: dwindle, shrink, wilt, wither, burn, and contract.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.