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shrink

verb

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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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The first known use of shrink was before the 12th century

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“Shrink.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/shrink. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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