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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shringk]
    • /ʃrɪŋk/
    • /ʃrɪŋk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shringk]
    • /ʃrɪŋk/

Definitions of shrink word

  • verb without object shrink to draw back, as in retreat or avoidance: to shrink from danger; to shrink from contact. 1
  • verb without object shrink to contract or lessen in size, as from exposure to conditions of temperature or moisture: This cloth will not shrink if washed in lukewarm water. 1
  • verb without object shrink to become reduced in extent or compass. 1
  • verb with object shrink to cause to shrink or contract; reduce. 1
  • verb with object shrink Textiles. to cause (a fabric) to contract during finishing, thus preventing shrinkage, during laundering, of the garments made from it. 1
  • noun shrink an act or instance of shrinking. 1

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Origin of shrink

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; 1955-60 for def 9; Middle English schrinken, Old English scrincan; cognate with Middle Dutch schrinken, Swedish skrynka to shrink, Norwegian skrukka old shrunken woman

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Parts of speech for Shrink


shrink popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

shrink usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for shrink

noun shrink

  • analyst — An analyst is a person whose job is to analyse a subject and give opinions about it.
  • clinician — A clinician is a doctor who specializes in clinical work.
  • couch doctor — (Colloquial) (US) A psychiatrist.
  • head shrinker — to draw back, as in retreat or avoidance: to shrink from danger; to shrink from contact.
  • head-shrinker — to draw back, as in retreat or avoidance: to shrink from danger; to shrink from contact.

verb shrink

  • astringe — to contract or become contracted
  • astringed — to compress; bind together; constrict.
  • atrophied — exhibiting or affected with atrophy; wasted; withered; shriveled: an atrophied arm; an atrophied talent.
  • atrophying — Also, atrophia [uh-troh-fee-uh] /əˈtroʊ fi ə/ (Show IPA). Pathology. a wasting away of the body or of an organ or part, as from defective nutrition or nerve damage.
  • attenuate — To attenuate something means to reduce it or weaken it.

Antonyms for shrink

verb shrink

  • accumulate — When you accumulate things or when they accumulate, they collect or are gathered over a period of time.
  • add up — If facts or events do not add up, they make you confused about a situation because they do not seem to be consistent. If something that someone has said or done adds up, it is reasonable and sensible.
  • agglomerated — gathered together into a cluster or mass.
  • aggrandize — To aggrandize someone means to make them seem richer, more powerful, and more important than they really are. To aggrandize a building means to make it more impressive.
  • amount — The amount of something is how much there is, or how much you have, need, or get.

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