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Definition of "shrink" []

  • To become constricted from heat, moisture, or cold. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become reduced in amount or value; dwindle: His savings quickly shrank. (verb-intransitive)
  • To draw back instinctively, as from something alarming; recoil. (verb-intransitive)
  • To show reluctance; hesitate: shrink from making such a sacrifice. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cause to shrink. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shrink" in a sentence
  • "My buddy the shrink is here,. liite Sunday Aftyernon football and steaks"
  • "Oh well, as they say in shrink school, schizo's believe in castles in the sky, psycho's live in them."
  • "Once Washington volunteered to lend both his services and his prestige to leading the Continental Militia (and later national Army), he did not shrink from the hardship, nor the task ahead."