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Meaning & Definition of Shrink in English

English

Shrink

/ʃrɪŋk/

noun

1. A physician who specializes in psychiatry

    synonym:
  • psychiatrist
  • ,
  • head-shrinker
  • ,
  • shrink

verb

1. Wither, as with a loss of moisture

  • "The fruit dried and shriveled"
    synonym:
  • shrivel
  • ,
  • shrivel up
  • ,
  • shrink
  • ,
  • wither

2. Draw back, as with fear or pain

  • "She flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
    synonym:
  • flinch
  • ,
  • squinch
  • ,
  • funk
  • ,
  • cringe
  • ,
  • shrink
  • ,
  • wince
  • ,
  • recoil
  • ,
  • quail

3. Reduce in size

  • Reduce physically
  • "Hot water will shrink the sweater"
  • "Can you shrink this image?"
    synonym:
  • shrink
  • ,
  • reduce

4. Become smaller or draw together

  • "The fabric shrank"
  • "The balloon shrank"
    synonym:
  • shrink
  • ,
  • contract

5. Decrease in size, range, or extent

  • "His earnings shrank"
  • "My courage shrivelled when i saw the task before me"
    synonym:
  • shrink
  • ,
  • shrivel

Examples of using

If you wish to get on in the world, you must not shrink from effort.