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

Translation of shrink in Spanish:

intransitive verb past tense shrank or shrunk past participle shrunk or shrunken

  • 1 (diminish in size)
    verse reducido [formal]
    verse reducido [formal]
    the blouse shrank in the wash
    la blusa (se) encogió al lavarla
    the total has shrunk to two/by ten per cent
    el total se ha reducido a dos/en un diez por ciento
    el total se ha visto reducido a dos/en un diez por ciento [formal]
    the veal/spinach will shrink away to nothing
    la ternera/espinaca va a quedar reducida a nada
    Example sentences
    • The current bearish stock market, rising energy costs, and shrinking family size would all seem to counter this trend.
    • Chipmakers can cut costs by shrinking the size of their semiconductors and fitting more on a single silicon wafer.
    • Faced with budget deficits when he took office in 1993, Mayor Giuliani refused to raise taxes but instead shrank the size of government and slowly began cutting taxes.
    Example sentences
    • Keep in mind the material might shrink slightly.
    • Will the market for printed Japanese materials shrink?
    • Amazingly, when he did, the clothes shrunk before his eyes to form a perfect fit.
  • 2 (recoil)
    recular [colloquial]
    to shrink back or away from something/somebody
    echarse atrás or retroceder ante algo/alguien
    to shrink from something/-ingI will not shrink from the truth
    no me voy a acobardar ante la verdad
    she shrank from actually telling him he was fired
    no se atrevió a decirle que estaba despedido
    he will not shrink from doing his duty
    no rehuirá cumplir con su obligación
    Example sentences
    • People no longer winced or shrunk away in fear when she passed, and the teachers no longer completely ignored her.
    • The archive page has moved, and has shrunk dramatically.
    • Although private equity investment in many countries was already shrinking amid fears of a global recession, it has now fallen off a cliff.

transitive verb past tense shrank or shrunk past participle shrunk or shrunken

  • (clothes/fabric)
    to shrink heads
    reducir cabezas
    to shrink something on (Technology)
    montar algo en caliente


  • [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • The other man is a shrink at a local psychiatric hospital.
    • Counsellors, shrinks and psychologists are flocking to the disaster sites and the homes of grieving relatives to comfort the hurting, the stunned and the overwhelmed, sometimes with a media crew in tow.
    • There's no question about it - the tax-funded mental health system is merely welfare for the mental health experts, namely shrinks and therapists.
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