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
Synonyms for shrink
Antonyms for shrink
Related Words for shrunkwane, dwindle, shorten, reduce, wither, decrease, lessen, diminish, narrow, shrivel, weaken, recede, retreat, wrinkle, compress, condense, deflate, concentrate, contract, fail
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Contemporary Examples of shrunk
No surprise then that aside from wealthy coastal suburbs, the Democratic base has shrunk to the urban cores and college towns.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
I was shown how much the value of my life had shrunk on my very first day in the state system.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
This is all true even as the distance between standards of living in the United States and other developed countries has shrunk.This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended
October 30, 2014
Cleveland may have shrunk, but it remains relevant both numerically and as a cautionary tale.Cleveland, LeBron James, and the 2016 Republican Convention
July 14, 2014
He was “overwhelmed by the feeling” that “the Suffolk expanses” had “shrunk once and for all to a single, blind, insensate spot.”Walking In The Footsteps Of W.G. Sebald, Hiker, Novelist, Strange Genius
June 5, 2014
Historical Examples of shrunk
Tories and Liberals knew he had not shrunk from meeting the public on this question.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
She shrank, as many a woman has shrunk before, from confronting him with his lie.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Miss Dorcas, too, had heard it, and shrunk from its undisguised profanity.Meadow Grass
They had shrunk past homeless people, lying coiled up in nooks.Little Dorrit
Of course the town had shrunk fearfully, since I was a child there.The Uncommercial Traveller
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
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.