dwindling away

noun
a becoming gradually less (Freq. 1)
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there is no greater sadness that the dwindling away of a family

Syn: ↑dwindling
Derivationally related forms: ↑dwindle (for: ↑dwindling)
Hypernyms: ↑decrease, ↑lessening, ↑drop-off
Hyponyms: ↑fading away

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