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Synonyms for shrink

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  1. shrinknoun


    stretch, enlarge, grow, expand

  2. shrinknoun

    To contract, to (cause to) become smaller.

    Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink, / That I had less to praise. Leigh Hunt.


    grow, stretch, expand, enlarge

  3. shrinkverb

    To cower or flinch.

    Molly shrank away from the blows of the whip.


    stretch, enlarge, expand, grow

  4. shrinkverb

    funk, shirk

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shrink

    contract, shrivel, withdraw, retire, recoil, revolt

    stretch, expand, dilate, venture, dare

Princeton's WordNet

  1. psychiatrist, head-shrinker, shrinkverb

    a physician who specializes in psychiatry

    head-shrinker, headhunter, psychiatrist


  2. shrivel, shrivel up, shrink, witherverb

    wither, as with a loss of moisture

    "The fruit dried and shriveled"

    wince, shrivel, fade, flinch, recoil, shrivel up, squinch, quail, contract, wither, reduce, funk, cringe


  3. flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quailverb

    draw back, as with fear or pain

    "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"

    rebound, cower, bound, shrivel up, reverberate, quail, flinch, funk, shrivel, grovel, spring, ricochet, kick back, cringe, take a hop, wither, backfire, bounce, backlash, resile, reduce, wince, kick, recoil, squinch, creep, crawl, squint, contract, fawn


  4. shrink, reduceverb

    reduce in size; reduce physically

    "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?"

    wither, bring down, decoct, slim down, quash, boil down, foreshorten, quail, trim down, thin out, cut, funk, trim back, trim, slenderize, cut down, flinch, tighten, wince, shrivel up, abridge, reduce, recoil, contract, melt off, subdue, scale down, cringe, concentrate, thin, deoxidize, subjugate, dilute, shorten, slim, shrivel, squinch, come down, deoxidise, abbreviate, cut back, keep down, lose weight, repress


  5. shrink, contractverb

    become smaller or draw together

    "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank"

    shorten, sign, condense, concentrate, sign up, abbreviate, shrivel up, constrict, narrow, quail, flinch, funk, take, shrivel, undertake, reduce, cut, cringe, abridge, squeeze, get, compress, contract, sign on, wince, foreshorten, recoil, squinch, wither, press, compact


  6. shrink, shrivelverb

    decrease in size, range, or extent

    "His earnings shrank"; "My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me"

    recoil, wince, shrivel, flinch, quail, shrivel up, squinch, contract, wither, reduce, funk, cringe


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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. shrinkverb

    shrivel, contract, decrease, dwindle, wither

  2. shrinkverb

    recoil, blench, flinch, withdraw, swerve, draw back, give way, lack courage or resolution

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shrinkverb

    contract, shrivel, decrease, dwindle, flinch, recoil, blench, wince, winch

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How to use shrink in a sentence?

  1. Frank Azor:

    Because of the smaller display borders, we were able to shrink the product overall.

  2. David Staples:

    You shrink your trading book and you shrink some trading profit margin opportunities.

  3. Nana Konamah:

    There are some drugs that can be given to reduce the amount of blood flow during periods. There are certain injections that can shrink the size of the fibroids and painkillers for the pain. All of these methods have their side effects, and have to be communicated with the patient.

  4. Kevin McCarthy:

    We want an economy that is strong. That means you can fill up your tank. You can buy the groceries. You have enough money left over to go to Disneyland and save for a future — that the paychecks grow, they no longer shrink.

  5. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    There are in existence two periods when we shrink from any great vicissitude—early youth and old age. In the middle of life, we are indifferent to change ; for we have discovered that nothing is, in the end, so good or so bad as it at first appeared.

Translations for shrink

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  • krimpAfrikaans
  • أحجم, تقلصArabic
  • kiçilməkAzerbaijani
  • drücken, Seelenklempner, abnehmen, schrumpfenGerman
  • αποτραβιέμαι, τρελογιατρός, συρρικνώνω, μπάζω, ζαρώνω, λουφάρω, μαζεύομαιGreek
  • etigiEsperanto
  • mermar, correr, encogerse, rehuir, zafar, encoger, contraerse, achicarse, loquero, contraerSpanish
  • kutistaa, kutistua, kallonkutistaja, luistaaFinnish
  • se réduire, se resserrer, psy, rapetisser, rétrécir, diminuer, faire rétrécirFrench
  • összemegy, fejzsugorító, lélekdoki, összehúzódik, összezsugorodikHungarian
  • strizzacervelli, ritirarsi, restringersiItalian
  • 縮小する, 精神科医, 縮まる, 縮める, 縮む, 短縮する, 尻込みするJapanese
  • 움츠러지다, 움츠리다Korean
  • subtraxerim utiliumLatin
  • etiMāori
  • zielknijper, zielenknijper, krimpenDutch
  • krympeNorwegian
  • kurczyć sięPolish
  • encolher, contrairPortuguese
  • micșoraRomanian
  • сжаться, сократиться, уменьшить, сокращаться, уменьшать, уменьшиться, сжиматься, уменьшаться, сжать, сжиматьRussian
  • krympa, hjärnskrynklareSwedish
  • หดThai
  • kiçelmekTurkmen
  • küçülmekTurkish
  • keçeräyüTatar

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