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.
His savings quickly shrank. The market for that product has been shrinking.
We should not shrink from making such a sacrifice.
The treatment shrank the tumor.
To shrink from doing one's duty.
This garment will shrink when wet.
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").