shrank

[shrangk]

verb

a simple past tense of shrink.

Nearby words

  1. shp,
  2. shpt,
  3. shpt.,
  4. shr.,
  5. shraddha,
  6. shrapnel,
  7. shreadhead,
  8. shred,
  9. shredded,
  10. shredded wheat

shrink

[shringk]

verb (used without object), shrank or, often, shrunk; shrunk or shrunk·en; shrink·ing.

to draw back, as in retreat or avoidance: to shrink from danger; to shrink from contact.
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.
to become reduced in extent or compass.

verb (used with object), shrank or, often, shrunk; shrunk or shrunk·en; shrink·ing.

to cause to shrink or contract; reduce.
Textiles. to cause (a fabric) to contract during finishing, thus preventing shrinkage, during laundering, of the garments made from it.

noun

an act or instance of shrinking.
a shrinking movement.
Also shrinker. Also called head shrinker. Slang. a psychotherapist, psychiatrist, or psychoanalyst.

Origin of shrink

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

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See wince1. 3. See decrease.

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British Dictionary definitions for shrank

shrank

verb

a past tense of shrink

shrink

verb shrinks, shrinking, shrank, shrunk, shrunk or shrunken

to contract or cause to contract as from wetness, heat, cold, etc
to become or cause to become smaller in size
(intr often foll by from)
  1. to recoil or withdrawto shrink from the sight of blood
  2. to feel great reluctance (at)to shrink from killing an animal

noun

the act or an instance of shrinking
slang a psychiatrist
Derived Formsshrinkable, adjectiveshrinker, nounshrinking, adjectiveshrinkingly, adverb

Word Origin for shrink

Old English scrincan; related to Old Norse skrokkr torso, Old Swedish skrunkin wrinkled, Old Norse hrukka a crease, Icelandic skrukka wrinkled woman

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