Definition of shrink verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    shrink

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ʃrɪŋk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃrɪŋk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shrink
    BrE BrE//ʃrɪŋk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃrɪŋk//
     
    he / she / it shrinks
    BrE BrE//ʃrɪŋks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃrɪŋks//
     
    past simple shrank
    BrE BrE//ʃræŋk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃræŋk//
     
    past simple shrunk
    BrE BrE//ʃrʌŋk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃrʌŋk//
     
    past participle shrunk
    BrE BrE//ʃrʌŋk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃrʌŋk//
     
    -ing form shrinking
    BrE BrE//ˈʃrɪŋkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃrɪŋkɪŋ//
     
    Fear
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] shrink (something) to become smaller, especially when washed in water that is too hot; to make clothes, cloth, etc. smaller in this way My sweater shrank in the wash.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to become or to make something smaller in size or amount The tumour had shrunk to the size of a pea. The market for their products is shrinking. shrink something There was a movie called ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’. Television in a sense has shrunk the world. see also shrunken
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move back or away from something because you are frightened or shocked synonym cower He shrank back against the wall as he heard them approaching. See related entries: Fear
  4. Word Origin Old English scrincan, of Germanic origin; related to Swedish skrynka ‘to wrinkle’.Extra examples He shrank back against the wall. Households have been shrinking in size but increasing in number. I shrank back into the shadows. She shrank back in terror. She shrank from his touch. Their profits shrank by 4% last year. Their share of the market has shrunk from 14% to 5%. We are competing in a market that is shrinking fast. In some ways, the Internet has shrunk the world. The town had shrunk to the size of a village.Idioms (humorous) a way of describing a very shy person Phrasal Verbsshrink from something
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