Shrink definition

shrĭngk
To become or seem to become smaller, more compact, etc.; contract, as from heat, cold, moisture, etc.
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To hold back, as from taking action; hesitate or recoil.

To shrink from doing one's duty.

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To cause to shrink or contract; specif., to cause (fabric) to shrink by a special process in manufacturing so as to minimize later shrinkage.
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Shrink is defined as to become less, reduce or make smaller.

An example of to shrink is steaming a pot full of fresh spinach which, after steaming, will become a significantly reduced amount.

An example of to shrink is someone losing a lot of weight.

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To show reluctance; hesitate.

We should not shrink from making such a sacrifice.

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The act of shrinking.
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To become or appear to become smaller.

The shadows shrank as the sun rose higher. The mountains shrank in the distance as we drove away.

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To become smaller from exposure to heat, moisture, or cold.

The sweater shrank in the wash.

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To cause to shrink.

The treatment shrank the tumor.

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(slang) A psychotherapist.
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The degree to which something shrinks; shrinkage.
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A shrinking; shrinkage.
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(slang) A clinical psychiatrist or psychologist.
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To cause to become smaller.

The dryer shrank my sweater.

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(intransitive) To become smaller; to contract.

This garment will shrink when wet.

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(intransitive) To cower or flinch.

Molly shrank away from the blows of the whip.

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To draw back; to withdraw.
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(intransitive, figuratively) To withdraw or retire, as from danger.
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Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink, / That I had less to praise. "” Leigh Hunt.

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(slang, sometimes pejorative) A psychiatrist or therapist; a head-shrinker.

You need to see a shrink.

My shrink said that he was an enabler, bad for me.

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To move back or away, especially in fear.
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To lessen, as in amount, worth, etc.
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To draw back; turn away; cower, as from fear.
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To become reduced in amount or value; dwindle.

His savings quickly shrank. The market for that product has been shrinking.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shrink
Plural:
shrinks

Origin of shrink

  • Middle English shrinken to wither, shrivel up from Old English scrincan sker-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Cognate with Dutch schrinken (“to shrink").

    From Wiktionary