[ US /ˈʃɹɪŋk/ ]
[ UK /ʃɹˈɪŋk/ ]
  1. decrease in size, range, or extent
    My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me
    His earnings shrank
  2. become smaller or draw together
    The balloon shrank
    The fabric shrank
  3. reduce in size; reduce physically
    Hot water will shrink the sweater
    Can you shrink this image?
  4. wither, as with a loss of moisture
    The fruit dried and shriveled
  5. draw back, as with fear or pain
    she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf
  1. a physician who specializes in psychiatry
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How To Use shrink In A Sentence

  • We're currently shrinking the size of technology by a factor of 5.6 per linear dimension per decade, so it is conservative to say that this scenario will be feasible in a few decades.
  • Locked into declining industries and a shrinking public sector, unions have become ineffective. Times, Sunday Times
  • I'm worried about washing that shirt in case it shrinks.
  • You cannot tell people to shrink or become less fit. Times, Sunday Times
  • The partial credit manager's month loan completes the volume even to shrink about 90 %.
  • Moving onto land may have been a survival strategy resulting from the need to abandon one shrinking body of water for another .
  • Dear ladies (and sirs), that last is reason alone to try to remember to WASH - not dryclean - your (washable) fabrics when you get them home, instead of waiting until just before you sew them to preshrink them. Resolved. - A Dress A Day
  • Over 10,000 filar-micrometer and red light CCD measurements of Mars' north polar cap have been taken over the past 40 years, and they show that it has been shrinking. The polar-bears-on-the-melting-ice-cap photo.
  • Our brave front withstood unshrinkingly the heavy fire of rifles and cannon concentrated upon it.
  • In our ever shrinking world, the short range qualities of shotgun pellets mean we don't need big ranges and lots of space to enjoy our sport.
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