- (transitive) To cause to become smaller.
- The dryer shrank my sweater.
- (intransitive) To become smaller; to contract.
- This garment will shrink when wet.
- Francis Bacon
- I have not found that water, by mixture of ashes, will shrink or draw into less room.
- And shrink like parchment in consuming fire.
- (intransitive) To cower or flinch.
- Molly shrank away from the blows of the whip.
- (transitive) To draw back; to withdraw.
- The Libya Hammon shrinks his horn.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To withdraw or retire, as from danger.
- Alexander Pope
- What happier natures shrink at with affright, / The hard inhabitant contends is right.
- Jowett (Thucyd.)
- They assisted us against the Thebans when you shrank from the task.
- Alexander Pope
- (to cause to become smaller): expand, grow, enlarge, stretch
- (become smaller): expand, grow, enlarge, stretch
intransitive: to contract, to become smaller
transitive: to cause something to shrink
intransitive: to attempt to avoid an unwanted or intimidating duty
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shrink (plural shrinks)
- Shrinkage; contraction; recoil.
- Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink, / That I had less to praise. — Leigh Hunt.
- (slang, sometimes pejorative) A psychiatrist or therapist; a head-shrinker.
- You need to see a shrink.
- My shrink said that he was an enabler, bad for me.
- The slang sense was originally pejorative, expressing a distrust of practitioners in the field. It is now not as belittling or trivializing.
psychiatrist or therapist (informal, belittling)