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shrink
British English: /ʃrɪŋk/
American English: /ʃrɪŋk/

Translation of shrink in French:

noun

[informal]

transitive verb

  • prét shrank pp shrunk ou shrunken
    faire rétrécir (fabric)
    contracter (wood)
    (Anthropology)
    réduire (head)

intransitive verb prét shrank pp shrunk ou shrunken

  • 1
    (fabric)
    rétrécir
    (timber)
    se contracter
    (piece of dough, meat)
    réduire
    (forest, area of land)
    reculer
    (boundaries)
    se rapprocher
    (economy, sales)
    être en recul
    (resources, funds)
    s'amenuiser
    (old person, body)
    se tasser
    the staff has shrunk from 200 to 50
    les effectifs sont tombés de 200 à 50
    to have shrunk to nothing
    (team, household)
    être quasiment réduit à néant
    (person)
    n'avoir plus que la peau sur les os
  • 2 (recoil) (physically) to shrink from
    se dérober devant (conflict, responsibility)
    to shrink from doing
    hésiter à faire
    he didn't shrink from the task
    il n'a pas rechigné à la tâche

Phrasal verbs

shrink back

to shrink back in horror
reculer d'horreur

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