shrink - definition and synonyms

 
verb 

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/ʃrɪŋk/
present tense
I/you/we/theyshrink
he/she/itshrinks
present participleshrinking
past tenseshrank or shrunk
past participleshrunk
  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 tumour.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to become smaller in amount, value, or range

    The company’s profit margins shrank from 32.5 per cent to 17 per cent.

    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.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to move back or away from someone or something, especially because you are frightened or nervous
    shrink away/back:

    He shrank away from her touch.

phrasal verbs