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shrink

shrink

 
pronunciation:
shrIngk
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: shrinks, shrinking, shrunk, shrunken
definition 1: to contract or decrease in size, as from moisture, heat, or cold.
My wool sweater shrunk in the dryer.
synonyms:
contract
antonyms:
balloon, enlarge, expand, grow, increase, swell
similar words:
condense, constrict, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen, pucker, shorten, shrivel
definition 2: to avoid or recoil from something (usu. fol. by from.)
The shy person shrinks from social encounters.
synonyms:
cringe, recoil, shy away
antonyms:
welcome
similar words:
balk, blench, cower, draw back, flinch, quail, wince, withdraw
definition 3: to decrease in extent, value, or the like.
The value of our currency shrank last year.
synonyms:
decrease, diminish, dwindle, fall off
antonyms:
increase, swell
similar words:
abate, condense, decline, drop, drop off, ebb, lessen, wane
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to cause to contract or decrease in size; to cause to shrink.
My dad shrunk my sweater in the wash.
synonyms:
contract
antonyms:
enlarge, expand
similar words:
compress, condense, constrict, decrease, drop, reduce, shorten
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act or instance of contraction or reduction in size.
synonyms:
contraction, decrease, reduction, shrinkage
similar words:
taper
definition 2: the amount or extent of contraction or reduction; shrinkage.
synonyms:
decrease, reduction, shrinkage
definition 3: (slang) a psychiatrist.
How often do you see your shrink?
derivations: shrinkable (adj.), shrinkingly (adv.), shrinker (n.)
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