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 shrink
Her magical ability to shrink people just by staring at them is also put to great use here.
I learned some things I can't unlearn: human kneecaps look like rocks; bones when burnt, shrink and twist.Knowing Where the Bodies Are Buried: An Excerpt From 'Lives in Ruins'|Marilyn Johnson|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Republicans can change their brand, appeal to the electorate, shrink government, grow the economy, and save capitalism.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage|Dmitri Mehlhorn|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The underlying economic factors that cause deficits to shrink often create circumstances that push them to shrink even faster.
Even as we cheer for her stamina, we shrink from her rapacity.
On waking, she looked in the glass, only to shrink back in horror.Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks|William Elliot Griffis
Involuntarily she began to shrink away from him, but escape him now she could not.Istar of Babylon|Margaret Horton Potter
They turned, in silence, towards their santon; and Almamen did not shrink from the appeal; but stood forth, confronting the king.Leila, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Do not shrink, and suspect, and hang back from what it may involve, with selfish and unconfiding and ungenerous half-heartedness.Kept for the Master's Use|Frances Ridley Havergal
From this extreme application of his principle M. Comte does not shrink.August Comte and Positivism|John-Stuart Mill
British Dictionary definitions for shrink
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
Word Origin and History for shrink (1 of 2)
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.