When something shrivels it gets smaller. This happens due to age or dryness.

  • Grapes shrivel to become raisins when they are dried.
  • Leaves fall off of trees in the fall and shrivel up on the ground.
  • When a person passes the age of 80, skin on the face and hands usually become shriveled.
  • Corn shrivels up in the cornfield when there’s a drought.
  • Investments in technology stocks shriveled up at the end of the dot-com boom in the late 90s.

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This page was published on April 30, 2014.