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v. shrank (shrăngk) or shrunk (shrŭngk), shrunk or shrunk·en (shrŭng′kən), shrink·ing, shrinks
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.
To cause to shrink: The treatment shrank the tumor.
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


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


(= 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.
She got up and went to the table to measure herself by it, and found that, as nearly as she could guess, she was now about two feet high, and was going on shrinking rapidly: she soon found out that the cause of this was the fan she was holding, and she dropped it hastily, just in time to avoid shrinking away altogether.
I felt a peculiar shrinking from those pallid bodies.
We were to be fitted for practice in the courts, not only by our reading, but by a season of pettifogging before justices of the peace, which I looked forward to with no small shrinking of my shy spirit; but what really troubled me most, and was always the grain of sand between my teeth, was Blackstone's confession of his own original preference for literature, and his perception that the law was "a jealous mistress," who would suffer no rival in his affections.
As she passed them the girl, with a shrinking movement, drew back her skirts.
she was as shy and shrinking as though she had nothing on,--she made a very pretty young man indeed.