shrink

shrink
shrink1 [ ʃrıŋk ] (past tense shrank [ ʃræŋk ] or shrunk [ ʃrʌŋk ] ; past participle shrunk [ ʃrʌŋk ] ) verb *
1. ) intransitive to become smaller in size:
Do you think this dress will shrink if I handwash it?
Many people shrink in old age.
a ) transitive to make something smaller in size:
The treatment will shrink the tumor.
2. ) intransitive to become smaller in amount, value, or range:
The company's profit margins shrank from 32.5 percent to 17 percent.
shrink rapidly/dramatically/fast: Numbers of butterflies are shrinking rapidly as the environment changes.
a ) transitive to make something smaller in amount, value, or range:
The UN was urged to shrink its peacekeeping presence in Rwanda.
3. ) intransitive to move back or away from someone or something, especially because you are frightened or nervous:
shrink away/back: He shrank away from her touch.
`shrink ,from phrasal verb transitive
shrink from something to not be willing to do something difficult or deal with something unpleasant:
Anne didn't shrink from the difficult issues facing parents.
shrink from doing something: He shrank from telling his secrets to anyone.
shrink
shrink 2 [ ʃrıŋk ] noun count INFORMAL
a PSYCHIATRIST. Some people think this word does not show respect.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • shrink — [ʆrɪŋk] verb shrank PASTTENSE [ʆræŋk] shrunk PASTPART [ʆrʌŋk] 1. [intransitive] to become smaller in amount, size, or value: • The economy is expected to shrink slightly. • In the past decade, the number of employees h …   Financial and business terms

  • Shrink — Shrink, v. i. [imp. {Shrank}or {Shrunk}p. p. {Shrunk} or {Shrunken}, but the latter is now seldom used except as a participial adjective; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shrinking}.] [OE. shrinken, schrinken, AS. scrincan; akin to OD. schrincken, and probably… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrink — can refer to:* Shrink , a slang term for a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist or psychologist (derived from the word headshrinker ) *Shrinkage (accounting), a retail term for the money lost by undercharged, damaged, or stolen goods …   Wikipedia

  • Shrink — Shrink, v. t. 1. To cause to contract or shrink; as, to shrink finnel by imersing it in boiling water. [1913 Webster] 2. To draw back; to withdraw. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The Libyc Hammon shrinks his horn. Milton. [1913 Webster] {To shrink on}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shrink — [shriŋk] vi. shrank or shrunk, shrunk or shrunken, shrinking [ME schrynken < OE scrincan, akin to Swed skrynka, to wrinkle < IE * (s)kreng < base * (s)ker , to bend, turn > SHRIMP, Gr kirkos, a ring, L curvus, curved] 1. to become or… …   English World dictionary

  • Shrink — Shrink, n. 1. The act shrinking; shrinkage; contraction; also, recoil; withdrawal. [1913 Webster] Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink, That I had less to praise. Leigh Hunt. [1913 Webster] 2. [Contraction of head shrinker, a colloquial term for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shrink — O.E. scrincan (class III strong verb; past tense scranc, pp. scruncen), from P.Gmc. *skrenkanan (Cf. M.Du. schrinken), probably from PIE root * (s)ker to turn, bend. Originally with causal shrench (Cf. drink/drench). The meaning draw back, recoil …   Etymology dictionary

  • shrink — [v1] become smaller compress, concentrate, condense, constrict, contract, decrease, deflate, diminish, drop off, dwindle, fail, fall off, fall short, grow smaller, lessen, narrow, reduce, shorten, shrivel, wane, waste, waste away, weaken, wither …   New thesaurus

  • shrink — ► VERB (past shrank; past part. shrunk or (especially as adj. ) shrunken) 1) become or make smaller in size or amount; contract. 2) (of clothes or material) become smaller as a result of being immersed in water. 3) move back or away in fear or… …   English terms dictionary

  • shrink — index abridge (shorten), commute, condense, constrict (compress), decrease, deduct (reduce) …   Law dictionary

  • shrink — shriŋk n a clinical psychiatrist or psychologist called also headshrinker …   Medical dictionary

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