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Definition of shrink verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shrink
    he / she / it shrinks
    past simple shrank
    past simple shrunk
    past participle shrunk
    -ing form shrinking
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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 tumor 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.
  4. Idioms
    a shrinking violet (humorous)
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    a way of describing a very shy person
    Phrasal Verbsshrink from something
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