Synonyms and Antonyms of shrink

  1. 1 to become smaller in size or volume through the drawing together of particles of matter the sweater will shrink a little when washed Synonyms of shrink compress, condense, constrict, contractWords Related to shrink collapse, deflate, flatten; dry up, shrivel, wilt, wither; abate, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen; recede, retreat, withdrawNear Antonyms of shrink accumulate, grow, increase; balloon, inflate, puff (up)Antonyms of shrink balloon, expand, snowball, swell

  2. 2 to draw back in fear, pain, or disgust shrinking back from the approaching flames Synonyms of shrink blench, cringe, quail, recoil, flinch, squinch, winceWords Related to shrink blanch, pale, whiten; quake, quiver, shake, shudder, tremble; crouch; jerk, start, twitch; recede, retire, retreat, withdraw; falter, hesitate, reel, waverNear Antonyms of shrink advance, approach, near; beard, challenge, confront, defy, face

  3. 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 Synonyms of shrink abate, decline, de-escalate, die (away or down or out), diminish, drain (away), drop (off), dwindle, ease, ebb, fall, fall away, lessen, let up, lower, moderate, pall, phase down, ratchet (down) also rachet (down), recede, relent, remit, decrease, subside, taper, taper off, waneWords Related to shrink compress, condense, constrict, contract; evaporate, fade (away), fritter (away), give out, melt (away), peter (out), tail (off), vanish; slacken, slow (down); alleviate, relax; flag, sink, weaken; cave (in), collapse, deflateNear Antonyms of shrink appear, emerge, show up; blow up, distend, elongate, lengthenAntonyms of shrink accumulate, balloon, build, burgeon (also bourgeon), enlarge, escalate, expand, grow, increase, intensify, mount, mushroom, pick up, rise, snowball, soar, swell, wax

Synonym Discussion of shrink

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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