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shrink

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1 to become smaller in size or volume through the drawing together of particles of matter

  • the sweater will shrink a little when washed
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2 to draw back in fear, pain, or disgust

  • shrinking back from the approaching flames
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3 to grow less in scope or intensity especially gradually

  • his crush on her is likely to shrink after they start their new lives on different college campuses
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contract, shrink, condense, compress, constrict, deflate mean to decrease in bulk or volume. contract applies to a drawing together of surfaces or particles or a reduction of area or length.
    • caused her muscles to contract
shrink implies a contracting or a loss of material and stresses a falling short of original dimensions.
    • the sweater will shrink when washed
condense implies a reducing of something homogeneous to greater compactness without significant loss of content.
    • condense the essay into a paragraph
compress implies a pressing into a small compass and definite shape usually against resistance.
    • compressed cotton into bales
constrict implies a tightening that reduces diameter.
    • the throat is constricted by a tight collar
deflate implies a contracting by reducing the internal pressure of contained air or gas.
    • deflate the balloon


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