Definition of Shrink

1. Noun. A physician who specializes in psychiatry.

2. Verb. Wither, as with a loss of moisture. "The fruit dried and shriveled"
Exact synonyms: Shrivel, Shrivel Up, Wither
Specialized synonyms: Atrophy, Blast, Die Back, Die Down, Dry Up, Mummify
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Diminish, Fall, Lessen

3. Verb. Draw back, as with fear or pain. "She flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
Exact synonyms: Cringe, Flinch, Funk, Quail, Recoil, Squinch, Wince
Generic synonyms: Move
Specialized synonyms: Retract, Shrink Back
Derivative terms: Flinch, Wince, Wince

4. Verb. Reduce in size; reduce physically. "Can you shrink this image?"
Exact synonyms: Reduce
Specialized synonyms: Reduce, Scale Down, Reef, Miniaturise, Miniaturize, Depopulate, Desolate, Downsize, Contract
Causes: Contract
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Lessen, Minify
Derivative terms: Reduction, Shrinkage, Shrinking

5. Verb. Become smaller or draw together. "These fabrics shrink easily"; "The balloon shrank"
Exact synonyms: Contract
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Diminish, Fall, Lessen
Specialized synonyms: Flex
Derivative terms: Contraction, Shrinkage
Antonyms: Expand, Stretch

6. Verb. Decrease in size, range, or extent. "Their earnings shrink this year"; "My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me"
Exact synonyms: Shrivel
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Diminish, Fall, Lessen
Derivative terms: Shrinking

Definition of Shrink

1. v. i. To wrinkle, bend, or curl; to shrivel; hence, to contract into a less extent or compass; to gather together; to become compacted.

2. v. t. To cause to contract or shrink; as, to shrink finnel by imersing it in boiling water.

3. n. The act shrinking; shrinkage; contraction; also, recoil; withdrawal.

Definition of Shrink

1. Verb. (ergative) To contract, to (cause to) become smaller. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To cower or flinch. ¹

3. Noun. shrinkage; contraction; recoil ¹

4. Noun. (slang sometimes pejorative) A psychiatrist or therapist; a head-shrinker. ¹

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Definition of Shrink

1. to contract or draw back [v SHRANK, SHRUNK or SHRUNKEN, SHRINKING, SHRINKS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Shrink

shrink (current term)
shrink-wrapped software
shrink away
shrink back
shrink from
shrink up

Literary usage of Shrink

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Complete Word and Phrase Concordance to the Poems and Songs of Robert by J. B. Reid (1889)
"Never may'st thou, lovely Flower, Chilly shrink in sleety shower ! ... S. Why shrinks my soul half-blushing, half afraid, Chilly shrink in sleety shower \ . ..."

2. The Shadow Line: A Confession by Joseph Conrad (1917)
"And what appals me most of all is that I shrink from going on deck to face it. It's due to the ship, it's due to the men who are there on deck—some of them, ..."

3. Workforce 2000: Work and Workers for the 21st Century by William B. Johnstone, DIANE Publishing Company, Arnold E. Packer (1987)
"... 2-2 GOODS PRODUCTION WILL shrink FURTHER BY THE YEAR 2000 (Output in Millions of Current Dollars ) ^Excludes government services such as transportation ..."

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