Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a physician who specializes in psychiatry
  2. (verb, change) wither, as with a loss of moisture
  3. (verb, motion) draw back, as with fear or pain
  4. (verb, change) reduce in size; reduce physically
    Can you shrink this image?
  5. (verb, change) become smaller or draw together
    The balloon shrank
  6. (verb, change) decrease in size, range, or extent
    My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me

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Antonyms of Shrink


Origin of the word Shrink

  1. O.E. scrincan (class III strong verb; past tense scranc, pp. scruncen), from P.Gmc. *skrenkanan (cf. M.Du. schrinken), probably from PIE base *(s)ker- "to turn, bend." Originally with causal shrench (cf. drink/drench). The meaning "draw back, recoil" (c.1300) perhaps was suggested by the behavior of snails. The slang sense… more

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