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 shrinking
Mr. Wynd said the shrinking process includes filling the head with hot sand and boiling it with herbs.Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum|Liza Foreman|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For the first time in American history, rural areas are shrinking.
The already-tiny group of volunteers and health-care workers in West Africa is shrinking.
Shrinking ad revenue in the digital era has caused outlets to scale back on everything.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine|Alex Suskind|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If the pictures are new, the news of the Aral Sea shrinking is old.
She stopped before the table, timid and shrinking as though she felt a presentiment of danger, but making an effort to smile.The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse|Vicente Blasco Ibanez
Anyone there would have taken his dying oath that the thing aimed for his shrinking vitals and none other's.Old Judge Priest|Irvin S. Cobb
The mob was dissolving into thin smoke, and the horizon was shrinking.Flamedown|Horace Brown Fyfe
And with his torch he burned stripes down the arms and legs of the shrinking Chulavete.Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)|Carl Lumholtz
Mr Benson caught the new look of shrinking shame in Leonard's eye, as it first sought, then shunned, meeting his.Ruth|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for shrinking
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 shrinking (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.