That brought blowback from some Catholics, who feared parishes that grew when offering the older form of the Mass would dwindle or even die when it is banished.
“Russia is almost certainly increasingly sourcing weaponry from other heavily sanctioned states like Iran and North Korea as its own stocks dwindle,” British intelligence officials wrote in a Twitter post.
Even as old-school reporting jobs dwindled, Mr. German’s watchdog articles and columns pried back the curtain on mobsters, crooked politicians, casino titans and just about anyone who misused wealth or power in the city.
—New York Times
become smaller or lose substance
dwindle away,dwindle down,
What do love, money, and the earth all have in common? All can dwindle, or shrink away, if we don’t handle them properly.
The word dwindle has a wonderfully descriptive, almost childlike sound to it, as though it belongs in a nursery rhyme. That might help you remember the meaning, which is to shrink away gradually, like the Cheshire Cat in "Alice in Wonderland," who dwindles away until nothing is left but his grin.
In the “cold carton,” the ABC strain had nearly doubled, while the CBA had dwindled.
在“冷纸盒”中，ABC 菌株几乎翻了一番，而 CBA 则减少了。
—The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
As the war raged and the staff dwindled, I moved from stocking supplies to assisting him in surgery.
—Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
She was still in that hallway, hearing those screams and their terrible, bloody dwindle.
—Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
dwindle (v.)"diminish, become less, shrink," 1590s (Shakespeare), apparently diminutive and frequentative of dwine "waste or pine away," from Middle English dwinen "waste away, fade, vanish," from Old English dwinan, from Proto-Germanic dwinana (source also of Dutch dwijnen "to vanish," Old Norse dvina, Danish tvine "to pine away," Low German dwinen), from PIE dheu- (3) "to die" (see die (v.)). Related: Dwindled; dwindling.Related entries & more
dwindle (v.)“减少，变少，缩小”，1590 年代（莎士比亚），显然是 dwine “浪费或松树”的缩小和频繁出现，来自中古英语 dwinen “浪费，褪色，消失”，来自古英语 dwinan，源自原始日耳曼语 dwinana（也源自荷兰语 dwijnen “消失”，古诺尔斯语 dvina，丹麦语 tvine “松软”，低地德语 dwinen），源自 PIE dheu- (3) “死亡”（参见 die (五））。相关：减少；减少。相关条目及更多
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