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Synonyms for shrink

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. psychiatrist, head-shrinker, shrink(verb)

    a physician who specializes in psychiatry

    head-shrinker, headhunter, psychiatrist


  2. shrivel, shrivel up, shrink, wither(verb)

    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, quail(verb)

    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, reduce(verb)

    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, contract(verb)

    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, shrivel(verb)

    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



  1. shrink(noun)


    stretch, enlarge, grow, expand

  2. shrink(noun)

    To contract, to (cause to) become smaller.

    Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink, / That I had less to praise. \uE0005131 Leigh Hunt.


    enlarge, grow, expand, stretch

  3. shrink(verb)

    To cower or flinch.

    Molly shrank away from the blows of the whip.


    stretch, enlarge, expand, grow

  4. shrink(verb)

    funk, shirk

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shrink

    contract, shrivel, withdraw, retire, recoil, revolt

    stretch, expand, dilate, venture, dare

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. shrink(v. n.)

    shrivel, contract, decrease, dwindle, wither

  2. shrink(v. n.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shrink(v)

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    therapist, psychiatrist, psychologist, psychoanalyst, reduce, analyst, psych, shrug

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How to use shrink in a sentence?

  1. Gretchen Livingston:

    There are experts out there who would argue that, given limited resources, maybe there's an advantage to lower population growth, which could be driven by fewer births, but on the other hand, there's a lot of people out there who think that maybe lower fertility might prove problematic, particularly as the labor force starts to shrink as a result.

  2. Victoria Crandall:

    Chocolate companies (in North America and Europe) are more likely to increase retail prices and shrink sizes of chocolate bars, which has been the trend for the last year, however, in emerging markets where regulation is less robust and consumers are more price sensitive, like in Asia, this (using cheaper alternatives) could be a plausible option.

  3. Chuck Schumer:

    I welcome the president’s blueprint for next year’s budget, which turns the page from the last eight years, we are determined to work with the administration to shrink the size of government, grow our economy, secure our borders, and ensure our troops have the tools necessary to complete their missions. I look forward to reviewing this with the Appropriations Committee and our entire conference.

  4. Owlstone Medical Billy Boyle:

    Historically chemical analyzers take up half the size of a room and cost half a million dollars. So what we've been able to do is use microchip technology to shrink it down from these massive devices to something about the size of a button. And once it's in that form factor, you can build it directly into these disease breathalyzer technologies.

  5. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:

    Which isn't a lot. But this primary is just getting started.Both of these things can't be trueTrump's main pitch for reelection is the economy and, while it hasn't lived up to his 2016 campaign promises, he put forward an extremely rosy outlook in his annual budget proposal, released Monday.Just as an example, read from CNN's story about the predicted deficits in Trump's budget compared to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.Both of these things cannot be true:CBO says budget will grow -- The deficit -- the gap between how much the government spends versus how much it takes in -- surpassed $1 trillion for the calendar year in 2019, marking the first time since 2012.That number is only expected to widen even further over the coming decade, reaching a total of $1.7 trillion in 2030, according to the latest projections by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released in late January.White House says budget will shrink -- That's a sharp contrast to the White House's latest blueprint, which projects that the deficit will shrink to $261 billion by 2030. The President's budget assumes that the economy will grow at around 3% annually during that period of time helping to narrow the gap. Those estimates are significantly higher than what most economists anticipated along with the Federal Reserve.Bonus: Read CNN reporter Donna Borak's piece on the White House plan for more tax cuts despite the deficits.Impeachment falloutGiuliani has a channel to Barr -- Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Rudy Giuliani is giving information regarding his Ukraine conspiracy theories to Attorney General William Barr through some sort of special channel Barr has set up. This is not surprising since Trump clearly lumps his lawyer and the attorney general together. He asked Ukraine's President to be in touch with both of them. But a back channel to the DOJ? This is, um, not how things are supposed to work, writes Elie Honig.Trump weaponizes the presidency -- Read this from Stephen Collinson: (Trump) is completing his project of fashioning the office around his own personality. It's unrestrained, unaccountable, often profane, impervious to outside influence and factual constraints of normal governance. The President has established dominance over his party, his Cabinet and his own media complex. He loosened Congress's constraints by refusing to cooperate with the impeachment probe. The result is that there are very few political constraints on his behavior left.

Translations for shrink

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  • krimpAfrikaans
  • تقلص, أحجمArabic
  • kiçilməkAzerbaijani
  • Seelenklempner, schrumpfen, abnehmen, drückenGerman
  • μαζεύομαι, ζαρώνω, αποτραβιέμαι, συρρικνώνω, τρελογιατρός, μπάζω, λουφάρωGreek
  • etigiEsperanto
  • encoger, correr, mermar, contraerse, rehuir, achicarse, loquero, contraer, zafar, encogerseSpanish
  • kallonkutistaja, kutistaa, kutistua, luistaaFinnish
  • diminuer, se resserrer, rétrécir, se réduire, rapetisser, psy, faire rétrécirFrench
  • fejzsugorító, lélekdoki, összehúzódik, összezsugorodik, összemegyHungarian
  • ritirarsi, strizzacervelli, restringersiItalian
  • 縮小する, 短縮する, 縮む, 精神科医, 尻込みする, 縮まる, 縮めるJapanese
  • 움츠리다, 움츠러지다Korean
  • subtraxerim utiliumLatin
  • etiMāori
  • zielknijper, zielenknijper, krimpenDutch
  • krympeNorwegian
  • kurczyć sięPolish
  • contrair, encolherPortuguese
  • micșoraRomanian
  • уменьшать, сжимать, сжать, уменьшаться, сжиматься, уменьшиться, сжаться, сокращаться, уменьшить, сократитьсяRussian
  • krympa, hjärnskrynklareSwedish
  • หดThai
  • kiçelmekTurkmen
  • küçülmekTurkish
  • keçeräyüTatar

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