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verb shrink pronunciation in American English /ʃrɪŋk/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyshrink
he/she/itshrinks
present participleshrinking
past tenseshrank or shrunk
past participleshrunk
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to become smaller in size
    Do you think this dress will shrink if I handwash it?
    Many people shrink in old age.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something smaller in size
      The treatment will shrink the tumor.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to become smaller in amount, value, or range
    The company’s profit margins shrank from 32.5 percent to 17 percent.
    shrink rapidly/dramatically/fast: Numbers of butterflies are shrinking rapidly as the environment changes.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something smaller in amount, value, or range
      The UN was urged to shrink its peacekeeping presence in Rwanda.

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