What does shrink mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. psychiatrist, head-shrinker, shrink(verb)

    a physician who specializes in psychiatry

  2. shrivel, shrivel up, shrink, wither(verb)

    wither, as with a loss of moisture

    "The fruit dried and shriveled"

  3. flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail(verb)

    draw back, as with fear or pain

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

  4. shrink, reduce(verb)

    reduce in size; reduce physically

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

  5. shrink, contract(verb)

    become smaller or draw together

    "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank"

  6. shrink, shrivel(verb)

    decrease in size, range, or extent

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


  1. shrink(Noun)

    shrinkage; contraction; recoil

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

  2. shrink(Noun)

    A psychiatrist or therapist; a head-shrinker.

  3. shrink(Verb)

    To contract, to (cause to) become smaller.

  4. shrink(Verb)

    To cower or flinch.

    Molly shrank away from the blows of the whip.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shrink(verb)

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

  2. Shrink(verb)

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

  3. Shrink(verb)

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

  4. Shrink(verb)

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

  5. Shrink(verb)

    to draw back; to withdraw

  6. Shrink(noun)

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

  7. Origin: [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.]


  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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  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. Jill Singer:

    We decided to mindfully shrink the show this year.

  2. Chief Executive Hariolf Kottmann:

    We would shrink considerably and become a takeover target.

  3. Hiroki Takeuchi:

    We are really going to shrink our pool of potential staff.

  4. Oprah Winfrey:

    You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more.

  5. Steve Maraboli:

    Simplify your life. You don't grow spiritual, you shrink spiritual."

Images & Illustrations of shrink

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  • krimpAfrikaans
  • تقلص, أحجمArabic
  • kiçilməkAzerbaijani
  • Seelenklempner, schrumpfen, abnehmen, drückenGerman
  • μαζεύομαι, ζαρώνω, αποτραβιέμαι, συρρικνώνω, τρελογιατρός, μπάζω, λουφάρωGreek
  • etigiEsperanto
  • encoger, correr, mermar, contraerse, rehuir, achicarse, loquero, contraer, zafar, encogerseSpanish
  • kallonkutistaja, kutistaa, kutistua, luistaaFinnish
  • diminuer, se resserrer, rétrécir, se réduire, rapetisser, psy, faire rétrécirFrench
  • fejzsugorító, lélekdoki, összehúzódik, összezsugorodik, összemegyHungarian
  • ritirarsi, strizzacervelli, restringersiItalian
  • 縮小する, 短縮する, 縮む, 精神科医, 尻込みする, 縮まる, 縮めるJapanese
  • 움츠리다, 움츠러지다Korean
  • subtraxerim utiliumLatin
  • etiMāori
  • zielknijper, zielenknijper, krimpenDutch
  • krympeNorwegian
  • kurczyć sięPolish
  • contrair, encolherPortuguese
  • micșoraRomanian
  • уменьшать, сжимать, сжать, уменьшаться, сжиматься, уменьшиться, сжаться, сокращаться, уменьшить, сократитьсяRussian
  • krympa, hjärnskrynklareSwedish
  • kiçelmekTurkmen
  • küçülmekTurkish
  • keçeräyüTatar

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