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Dictionary Definition

shrink n : a physician who specializes in psychiatry [syn: psychiatrist, head-shrinker]


1 wither, especially with a loss of moisture; "The fruit dried and shriveled" [syn: shrivel, shrivel up, wither]
2 draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf" [syn: flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, wince, recoil, quail]
3 reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?" [syn: reduce]
4 become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank" [syn: contract] [ant: expand, stretch]
5 decrease in size, range, or extent; "His earnings shrank"; "My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me" [syn: shrivel] [also: shrunken, shrunk, shrank]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To contract, to become smaller, especially through exposure to cold and moisture.
    This garment will shrink when wet.
  2. To cause something to shrink (intransitive)
  3. To attempt to avoid an unwanted or intimidating duty; as, to shrink from a task.



intransitive: to contract, to become smaller
  • German: schrumpfen
  • Japanese: 縮む, 縮まる
  • Korean: 움츠러지다 (umcheureojida)
  • Portuguese: encolher, contrair
transitive: to cause something to shrink (intransitive)
  • German: schrumpfen
  • Japanese: 縮める, 縮小する, 短縮する
  • Korean: 움츠리다 (umcheurida)
intransitive: to attempt to avoid an unwanted or intimidating duty


psychiatrist r therapist

Extensive Definition

Shrink can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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