For the verb: "to shrink"
|Simple Past: ||shrank, shrunk|
|Past Participle: ||shrunk, shrunk|
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
shrink /ʃrɪŋk/USA pronunciation
v., shrank /ʃræŋk/USA pronunciation or, often, shrunk /ʃrʌŋk/USA pronunciation ; shrunk or shrunk•en /ˈʃrʌŋkən/USA pronunciation ;WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
shrink•ing, n. v.
- to (cause to) contract or lessen in size: [no object]clothes that shrink if washed in hot water.[~ + object]Hot water will shrink some of those clothes.
- to (cause to) become reduced in extent, amount, or value: [no object]The bank's resources are shrinking.[~ + object]Inflation and taxation are shrinking our resources.
- to draw back;
move back suddenly, as in horror:[no object; (~ + back)]to shrink from danger; She shrank back in her seat as the horror movie got even nastier.
- Slang Termsa psychotherapist, psychiatrist, or psychoanalyst.
(shringk),USA pronunciation v., shrank or, often, shrunk;
shrunk or shrunk•en;
- to draw back, as in retreat or avoidance:to shrink from danger; to shrink from contact.
- to contract or lessen in size, as from exposure to conditions of temperature or moisture:This cloth will not shrink if washed in lukewarm water.
- to become reduced in extent or compass.
- to cause to shrink or contract;
- Textilesto cause (a fabric) to contract during finishing, thus preventing shrinkage, during laundering, of the garments made from it.
- an act or instance of shrinking.
- a shrinking movement.
- Slang TermsAlso, shrinker. Also called head shrinker. a psychotherapist, psychiatrist, or psychoanalyst.
- bef. 900; 1955–60 for def. 9; Middle English schrinken, Old English scrincan; cognate with Middle Dutch schrinken, Swedish skrynka to shrink, Norwegian skrukka old shrunken woman
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged withdraw, recoil, quail. See wince.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See decrease.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged increase.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
shrink /ʃrɪŋk/ vb (shrinks, shrinking, shrank, shrunk, shrunk, shrunken)
- to contract or cause to contract as from wetness, heat, cold, etc
- to become or cause to become smaller in size
- (intransitive) often followed by from: to recoil or withdraw: to shrink from the sight of blood
- to feel great reluctance (at)
Etymology: Old English scrincan; related to Old Norse skrokkr torso, Old Swedish skrunkin wrinkled, Old Norse hrukka a crease, Icelandic skrukka wrinkled womanˈshrinkable adj ˈshrinker n ˈshrinking adj
- the act or an instance of shrinking
- slang a psychiatrist
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