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shrink  audio  (shrngk) KEY 

VERB:
shrank  (shrngk) KEY  or shrunk  (shrngk) KEY , shrunk or shrunk·en  (shrngkn) KEY , shrink·ing, shrinks
VERB:
intr.
  1. To become constricted from heat, moisture, or cold.
  2. To become reduced in amount or value; dwindle: His savings quickly shrank.
  3. To draw back instinctively, as from something alarming; recoil.
  4. To show reluctance; hesitate: shrink from making such a sacrifice.
VERB:
tr.
To cause to shrink.
NOUN:
    1. The act of shrinking.
    2. The degree to which something shrinks; shrinkage.
  1. Slang A psychotherapist.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English shrinken, to wither, shrivel up, from Old English scrincan; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
shrinka·ble(Adjective), shrinker(Noun)


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