verb (past shrank /SHraNGk/; past participle shrunk /SHrəNGk/ or (especially as adjective) shrunken /ˈSHrəNGkən/)
- 1Become or make smaller in size or amount; contract or cause to contract: [no object]: the workforce has shrunk to less than a thousand [with object]: the summer sun had shrunk and dried the wood (as adj shrinking) the shrinking market has provoked a massive price warMore 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.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of clothes or material) become smaller as a result of being immersed in water.More 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.
- 1.2 (as adjective shrunken) (Especially of a person’s face or other part of the body) withered, wrinkled, or shriveled through old age or illness: a tiny shrunken face and enormous eyesMore example sentences
- Her shrunken face is ash white but her eyes burn in recognition.
- Her arms are stick like and her skin folds down around her shrunken body like a curtain.
- The intense painting shows three old women with shrunken faces and clad in white.
- 1.3 [no object] (shrink into oneself) Become withdrawn.More example sentences
- Unless these individual Muslims are very exceptional individuals they do as Smith did and shrink into themselves.
- I think of myself like that when I put the sunglasses on; they make me shrink into myself, and feel half the weight I was earlier that day.
- I shrink into myself and become sullen and uncommunicative.
- 2 [no object] Move back or away, especially because of fear or disgust: she shrank away from him, covering her face he shrank back against the wallMore 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.
- 2.1 [often with negative] (shrink from) Be averse to or unwilling to do (something difficult or unappealing): I don’t shrink from my responsibilitiesMore example sentences
- Because of some obstacle - a constitutional weakness or defect, wrong education, bad experiences, an unsuitable attitude, etc. - one shrinks from the difficulties which life brings.
- Stiegler does not shrink from this difficulty.
- It is incredible that they now shrink from removing a leader who nobody seems to think will win one.
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- A clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, or psychotherapist: you should see a shrink[from headshrinker]More 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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- All those shops selling these goods have to give consumers the assurance that they are fast colour, non shrinkable and correct size.
- Reverse printed by rotogravure in eight colors, including metallic silver, the Seal-It heat shrinkable sleeve label enhances the product.
- If the surface soil underlying 208 London Road is a shrinkable clay, then tree management would have provided an effective and economical way of preventing further movement.
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- Guercino shrinkingly hid his squint in the shadows of his brow in his self-portrait of about 1625, but it is conspicuous in the later portrait by his nephew Benedetto Gennari in the Mahon Collection.
- Unlike so many movie shrinks - especially in comedies - he's not older, bearded. has no German accent and doesn't act shrinkingly.
- She was always shrinkingly modest with me, but what was wrong was that in it there was always a sort of fear, in short she thought herself something insignificant beside me, something almost unseemly in fact.
Old English scrincan, of Germanic origin; related to Swedish skrynka 'to wrinkle'.