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shrink

 (shrĭngk)
v. shrank (shrăngk) or shrunk (shrŭngk), shrunk or shrunk·en (shrŭng′kən), shrink·ing, shrinks
v.intr.
1.
a. To become or appear to become smaller: The shadows shrank as the sun rose higher. The mountains shrank in the distance as we drove away.
b. To become smaller from exposure to heat, moisture, or cold: The sweater shrank in the wash.
2. To become reduced in amount or value; dwindle: His savings quickly shrank. The market for that product has been shrinking.
3. To move back or away, especially in fear: "She shrank back against the wall and flattened her palms against it" (Pearl S. Buck).
4. To show reluctance; hesitate: We should not shrink from making such a sacrifice.
v.tr.
To cause to shrink: The treatment shrank the tumor.
n.
1.
a. The act of shrinking.
b. The degree to which something shrinks; shrinkage.
2. Slang A psychotherapist.

[Middle English shrinken, to wither, shrivel up, from Old English scrincan; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

shrink′a·ble adj.
shrink′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shrinking - process or result of becoming less or smallershrinking - process or result of becoming less or smaller; "the material lost 2 inches per yard in shrinkage"
compression, contraction, condensation - the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together; "the contraction of a gas on cooling"
decrease, lessening, drop-off - a change downward; "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided"; "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"
2.shrinking - the act of becoming less
reduction, step-down, diminution, decrease - the act of decreasing or reducing something
miniaturisation, miniaturization - act of making on a greatly reduced scale
Translations

shrinking

[ˈʃrɪŋkɪŋ]
A. ADJ [clothes] → que encoge(n); [resources etc] → que escasea(n)
B. CPD shrinking violet N (fig) → tímido/a m/f, vergonzoso/a m/f

shrinking

adj
(= decreasing)schrumpfend, abnehmend
(= shy)scheu
References in classic literature ?
The duties of her married life, contemplated as so great beforehand, seemed to be shrinking with the furniture and the white vapor-walled landscape.
All existence seemed to beat with a lower pulse than her own, and her religious faith was a solitary cry, the struggle out of a nightmare in which every object was withering and shrinking away from her.
Shrinking, naturally, from allowing her husband to be annoyed, and probably cheated as well, by any person who claimed, however preposterously, a family connection with herself, it had been her practice, for many years past, to assist the captain from her own purse, on the condition that he should never come near the house, and that he should not presume to make any application whatever to Mr.
She entered none of them, but paced slowly and shrinking from observation up and down the street, a very figure of shame; and never had I thought to read shame in the sweet face of Mary A .
Oh, mother," said poor Maggie, shrinking from the thought of all the contact her bruised mind would have to bear, "tell her I'm very grateful; I'll go to see her as soon as I can; but I can't see any one just yet, except Dr.
Not only did it appear to them to be an island, and a very small island, but it was a shrinking island in which people were imprisoned.
He knew it by every shrinking fibre in his body, he knew it by the sudden dizzy whirling of his brain, at the mere thought of that calamity.
The slightest reproof, the most mild and justifiable remonstrance, would be met by a resentful glare and an evil shrinking of his thin dry upper lip, a snarl of hate to which he generally added the agreeable sound of grinding teeth.