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shrivelverb

uk   us   /ˈʃrɪv.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
[I or T] to ​becomedry, ​smaller, and ​covered with ​lines as if by ​crushing or ​folding, or to make something do this: The ​lack of ​rain has shrivelled the ​crops. You ought to ​pick that ​lettuce before it shrivels (up) and ​dies. [I] to ​become much ​smaller than is ​needed or ​wanted: Profits are shrivelling as the ​recession gets ​worse.
shrivelled
adjective uk   us   /-əld/
Those ​oranges were ​lookingold and shrivelled, so I ​threw them out.
(Definition of shrivel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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shrivelverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈʃrɪv·əl/ (-l-, -ll-)
to ​becomedried out and ​smaller, ​appearingcrushed or ​folded, or to make something do this: [T] The ​hotsun shriveled the ​flowers I put in the ​window.
(Definition of shrivel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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