As a result, prices have been bid up, and the equity premium has shrunk dramatically.
Nonetheless, in the store, I've been blithely buying smaller packages without noticing that my sugar had shrunk.
The number of foreclosed real-estate units has also shrunk dramatically in the last couple of quarters.
Facebook officials, however, have shrunk from the spotlight.
And the middle class is proportionately smaller and has shrunk more than elsewhere.
His thoughts now leaped to the end as blindly as they had shrunk from it before.
She shrunk from it, and was glad to see it make for the door of its own accord.
Who that knows what men and women are would not have shrunk from that alternative?
He seemed to have grown smaller and to have shrunk into his clothes.
Perolla, wheeling about, had half drawn his sword, while Marcia shrunk back into the shadow.
Old English scrincan "to draw in the limbs, contract, shrivel up; wither, pine away" (class III strong verb; past tense scranc, past participle scruncen), from Proto-Germanic *skrink- (cf. Middle Dutch schrinken), probably from PIE root *(s)ker- (3) "to turn, bend."
Originally with causal shrench (cf. drink/drench). Sense of "become reduced in size" recorded from late 13c. The meaning "draw back, recoil" (early 14c.) perhaps was suggested by the behavior of snails. Transitive sense, "cause to shrink" is from late 14c. Shrink-wrap is attested from 1961 (shrinking-wrap from 1959). Shrinking violet "shy person" attested from 1882.
A psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, or other psychotherapist; headshrinker (1960+)