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A past tense and a past participle of shrink.


a past participle and past tense of shrink



v. shrank, often, shrunk; shrunk shrunk•en; shrink•ing; v.i.
1. to contract or lessen in size: cloth that shrinks if washed.
2. to become reduced in extent, compass, or value.
3. to draw back; recoil: to shrink from danger.
4. to cause to shrink or contract; reduce.
6. an act or instance of shrinking.
8. Slang. a psychotherapist, psychiatrist, or psychoanalyst.
[before 900; Middle English schrinken, Old English scrincan, c. Middle Dutch schrinken, Swedish skrynka to shrink]

syn: See decrease.


(ʃriŋk) past tense shrank (ʃrӕŋk) : past participle shrunk (ʃraŋk) verb
1. to (cause material, clothes etc to) become smaller. My jersey shrank in the wash; Do they shrink the material before they make it up into clothes?
2. to move back in fear, disgust etc (from). She shrank (back) from the man.
3. to wish to avoid something unpleasant. I shrank from telling him the terrible news.
ˈshrinkage (-kidʒ) noun
the act of shrinking, or the amount by which something shrinks.
shrunken (ˈʃraŋk(ən)) adjective
having been made or become smaller.


pp de shrink shunt n (physio) cortocircuito; (surg) derivación f; arteriovenous — cortocircuito arteriovenoso; portacaval — derivación portocava; transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic — (TIPS) derivación portosistémica percutánea intrahepática, derivación intrahepática portosistémica transyugular; ventriculoperitoneal — derivación ventriculoperitoneal
References in classic literature ?
The very furniture in the room seemed to have shrunk since she saw it before: the slag in the tapestry looked more like a ghost in his ghostly blue-green world; the volumes of polite literature in the bookcase looked more like immovable imitations of books.
Into the village they all trooped behind a tall, sour, old man, who rode without greetings to those who shrunk from his path directly to a large goatskin tent in the center of the village.
She had felt the necessity of consulting the highest medical authority; and had shrunk, at the same time, from alarming her daughters by summoning a London physician to the house.
No sooner was she hid from him than she changed into another woman; she was now become a calculating purposeful madam, who looked around her covertly and, having shrunk in size in order to appear less noticeable, set off nervously on some mysterious adventure.