verb (used without object), shrank or, often, shrunk; shrunk or shrunk·en; shrink·ing.
verb (used with object), shrank or, often, shrunk; shrunk or shrunk·en; shrink·ing.
Origin of shrink
Examples from the Web for shrank
Denison admits that he shrank from doing the project in the run-up to his birthday last year, when he had planned to start it.Forever a Golden Girl: The Art of Being Bea Arthur|Tim Teeman|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Email eliminated the voice; text messages could be sent quicker but shrank the mail.
The number of 18- to 34-year-old Americans shrank by nine million during his watch.Bill Clinton’s Bravura Convention Speech Latest Step in His and Hillary’s Rise|Gail Sheehy|September 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
To survive, they shrank, shedding workers and retiring around 500 planes to desert graveyards.United-Continental Web Meltdown: Why Can’t Airlines Get It Right?|Barbara S. Peterson|March 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Then, because it was useless, redundant, only destructive, or so it seemed, she shrank back again, defeated.Only Six Books: Excerpt From Jeanette Winterson’s New Memoir|Jeanette Winterson|March 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She shrank from his touch, literally into the arms upon which Philadelphus rested his weight.The City of Delight|Elizabeth Miller
But Liz shrank away, regretting her provocative glances now that she saw the kind of men she had to do with.Earth's Enigmas|Charles G. D. Roberts
Joan had never seen him appear like this, and she shrank as from another and forbidding side of the man.The Border Legion|Zane Grey
Joe wished there was some one whom he could ask, but he shrank from taking into his confidence any of the members of the team.Baseball Joe in the Central League|Lester Chadwick
Doggie had not kicked it because he had never kicked a football in his life and shrank from an exhibition of incompetence.The Rough Road|William John Locke
verb shrinks, shrinking, shrank, shrunk, shrunk or shrunken
- to recoil or withdrawto shrink from the sight of blood
- to feel great reluctance (at)to shrink from killing an animal
Word Origin for shrink
past tense of shrink (v.).
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.