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English noun: shrink

1. shrink (person) a physician who specializes in psychiatry


Synonymshead-shrinker, psychiatrist


Broader (hypernym)medical specialist, specialist


Narrower (hyponym)alienist, analyst, psychoanalyst


Instance hyponymCharles Frederick Menninger, Charles Menninger, Harry Stack Sullivan, Horney, Jaspers, Karen Danielsen Horney, Karen Horney, Karl Augustus Menninger, Karl Jaspers, Karl Menninger, Karl Theodor Jaspers, Menninger, Menninger, Menninger, Sullivan, William Claire Menninger, William Menninger


English verb: shrink

1. shrink (change) wither, as with a loss of moisture


SamplesThe fruit dried and shriveled.


Synonymsshrivel, shrivel up, wither


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen


Narrower (hyponym)atrophy, blast, die back, die down, dry up, mummify

2. shrink (motion) draw back, as with fear or pain


SamplesShe flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf.


Synonymscringe, flinch, funk, quail, recoil, squinch, wince


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)move


Narrower (hyponym)retract, shrink back

3. shrink (change) reduce in size; reduce physically


SamplesHot water will shrink the sweater.
Can you shrink this image?.


Synonymsreduce


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify


Narrower (hyponym)contract, depopulate, desolate, downsize, miniaturise, miniaturize, reduce, reef, scale down


Causecontract, shrink

4. shrink (change) become smaller or draw together


SamplesThe fabric shrank.
The balloon shrank.


ExamplesThese fabrics shrink easily


Synonymscontract


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen


Narrower (hyponym)flex


Antonymsexpand, spread out, stretch

5. shrink (change) decrease in size, range, or extent


SamplesHis earnings shrank.
My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me.


ExamplesTheir earnings shrink this year


Synonymsshrivel


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen









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