Pronunciation: (shringk), [key]
—v., shrank or, often, shrunk; shrunk or shrunk•en; shrink•ing;
1. to draw back, as in retreat or avoidance: to shrink from danger; to shrink from contact.
2. to contract or lessen in size, as from exposure to conditions of temperature or moisture: This cloth will not shrink if washed in lukewarm water.
3. to become reduced in extent or compass.
1. to cause to shrink or contract; reduce.
2. Textiles.to cause (a fabric) to contract during finishing, thus preventing shrinkage, during laundering, of the garments made from it.
1. an act or instance of shrinking.
2. a shrinking movement.
4. Also,shrinker.Also called head shrinker. Slang.a psychotherapist, psychiatrist, or psychoanalyst.
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