What does shrink mean?

Definitions for shrink
ʃrɪŋkshrink

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. psychiatrist, head-shrinker, shrinkverb

    a physician who specializes in psychiatry

  2. shrivel, shrivel up, shrink, witherverb

    wither, as with a loss of moisture

    "The fruit dried and shriveled"

  3. flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quailverb

    draw back, as with fear or pain

    "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"

  4. shrink, reduceverb

    reduce in size; reduce physically

    "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?"

  5. shrink, contractverb

    become smaller or draw together

    "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank"

  6. shrink, shrivelverb

    decrease in size, range, or extent

    "His earnings shrank"; "My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me"

Wiktionary

  1. shrinknoun

    shrinkage; contraction; recoil

    Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink, / That I had less to praise. uE0005131uE001 Leigh Hunt.

  2. shrinknoun

    A psychiatrist or therapist; a head-shrinker.

  3. shrinkverb

    To contract, to (cause to) become smaller.

  4. shrinkverb

    To cower or flinch.

    Molly shrank away from the blows of the whip.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shrinkverb

    to wrinkle, bend, or curl; to shrivel; hence, to contract into a less extent or compass; to gather together; to become compacted

    Etymology: [OE. shrinken, schrinken, AS. scrincan; akin to OD. schrincken, and probably to Sw. skrynka a wrinkle, skrynkla to wrinkle, to rumple, and E. shrimp, n. & v., scrimp. CF. Shrimp.]

  2. Shrinkverb

    to withdraw or retire, as from danger; to decline action from fear; to recoil, as in fear, horror, or distress

    Etymology: [OE. shrinken, schrinken, AS. scrincan; akin to OD. schrincken, and probably to Sw. skrynka a wrinkle, skrynkla to wrinkle, to rumple, and E. shrimp, n. & v., scrimp. CF. Shrimp.]

  3. Shrinkverb

    to express fear, horror, or pain by contracting the body, or part of it; to shudder; to quake

    Etymology: [OE. shrinken, schrinken, AS. scrincan; akin to OD. schrincken, and probably to Sw. skrynka a wrinkle, skrynkla to wrinkle, to rumple, and E. shrimp, n. & v., scrimp. CF. Shrimp.]

  4. Shrinkverb

    to cause to contract or shrink; as, to shrink finnel by imersing it in boiling water

    Etymology: [OE. shrinken, schrinken, AS. scrincan; akin to OD. schrincken, and probably to Sw. skrynka a wrinkle, skrynkla to wrinkle, to rumple, and E. shrimp, n. & v., scrimp. CF. Shrimp.]

  5. Shrinkverb

    to draw back; to withdraw

    Etymology: [OE. shrinken, schrinken, AS. scrincan; akin to OD. schrincken, and probably to Sw. skrynka a wrinkle, skrynkla to wrinkle, to rumple, and E. shrimp, n. & v., scrimp. CF. Shrimp.]

  6. Shrinknoun

    the act shrinking; shrinkage; contraction; also, recoil; withdrawal

    Etymology: [OE. shrinken, schrinken, AS. scrincan; akin to OD. schrincken, and probably to Sw. skrynka a wrinkle, skrynkla to wrinkle, to rumple, and E. shrimp, n. & v., scrimp. CF. Shrimp.]

Freebase

  1. Shrink

    Shrink is the fourth album by German indie rock/electronica group The Notwist. The album is notable for its movement away from the group's punk origins and including elements of electronica, ambient, and jazz.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shrink

    shringk, v.i. to contract: to wither: to occupy less space: to become wrinkled by contraction: to recoil, as from fear, disgust, &c.—v.t. to cause to shrink or contract: to withdraw:—pa.t. shrank, shrunk; pa.p. shrunk.—n. act of shrinking: contraction: withdrawal or recoil.—adj. Shrink′able.—ns. Shrink′age, a contraction into a less compass: the extent of the reduction of anything in bulk by shrinking, evaporation, &c.; Shrink′er.—adv. Shrink′ingly, in a shrinking manner: by shrinking. [A.S. scrincan; akin to Ger. schränken, to place obliquely.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrink in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrink in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of shrink in a Sentence

  1. Craig Brandon:

    Regardless of how things get restructured today, the fact that the economy continues to shrink and the population continues to shrink is a problem for the credit going forward.

  2. Joe Biden:

    So, now let us step up, write the next chapter in American history where Jan. 6 marks not the end of democracy, but the beginning of a renaissance of liberty and fair play, i did not seek this fight brought to this Capitol one year ago today, but I will not shrink from it either.

  3. Wade Eastwood:

    The shot was far more effective seeing the runway shrink, this meant a high G-load on Tom.

  4. Gina Szymanski:

    Work collaboration apps will likely have a long-term impact on office (space) similar to the impact that mobile shopping had on retail, corporate footprints will continue to shrink.

  5. Asdrubal Oliveros:

    If you do not find a place for that crude quickly, the room for maneuver will shrink and imports will be affected.

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Translations for shrink

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  • krimpAfrikaans
  • أحجم, تقلصArabic
  • kiçilməkAzerbaijani
  • drücken, Seelenklempner, abnehmen, schrumpfenGerman
  • αποτραβιέμαι, τρελογιατρός, συρρικνώνω, μπάζω, ζαρώνω, λουφάρω, μαζεύομαιGreek
  • etigiEsperanto
  • mermar, correr, encogerse, rehuir, zafar, encoger, contraerse, achicarse, loquero, contraerSpanish
  • kutistaa, kutistua, kallonkutistaja, luistaaFinnish
  • se réduire, se resserrer, psy, rapetisser, rétrécir, diminuer, faire rétrécirFrench
  • összemegy, fejzsugorító, lélekdoki, összehúzódik, összezsugorodikHungarian
  • strizzacervelli, ritirarsi, restringersiItalian
  • 縮小する, 精神科医, 縮まる, 縮める, 縮む, 短縮する, 尻込みするJapanese
  • 움츠러지다, 움츠리다Korean
  • subtraxerim utiliumLatin
  • etiMāori
  • zielknijper, zielenknijper, krimpenDutch
  • krympeNorwegian
  • kurczyć sięPolish
  • encolher, contrairPortuguese
  • micșoraRomanian
  • сжаться, сократиться, уменьшить, сокращаться, уменьшать, уменьшиться, сжиматься, уменьшаться, сжать, сжиматьRussian
  • krympa, hjärnskrynklareSwedish
  • หดThai
  • kiçelmekTurkmen
  • küçülmekTurkish
  • keçeräyüTatar

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