To decrease, shrink, diminish, reduce in size.
* 1802 , , translated by T. Paynell,
(figuratively) To fall away in quality; degenerate, sink.
- [E]very thing that was improving gradually degenerates and dwindles away to nothing,
* Jonathan Swift
- The flattery of his friends began to dwindle into simple approbation.'' (''Goldsmith , Vicar, III)
* 1919 ,
- Religious societies, though begun with excellent intentions, are said to have dwindled into factious clubs.
To lessen; to bring low.
- The larger the empire, the more dwindles the mind of the citizen.
To break; to disperse.
- Our drooping days are dwindled down to naught.