May 30, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
shrink /ˈʃrɪŋk/ verb
shrink
/ˈʃrɪŋk/
verb

shrinks; shrank /ˈʃræŋk/ or shrunk /ˈʃrʌŋk/ ; shrunk or shrunken /ˈʃrʌŋkən/ ; shrinking

The woman's shorts shrunk in the dryer.
The woman's shorts shrunk in the dryer.
Learner's definition of SHRINK

1a [no object] : to become smaller in amount, size, or value

  • The sweater shrank when it was washed.

  • Meat shrinks as it cooks.

  • The town's population shrank during the war.

b [+ object] : to make (something) smaller in amount, size, or value

  • Hot water shrank the sweater.

  • The treatment should shrink the tumor.

2 always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] : to quickly move away from something shocking, frightening, or disgusting

  • He shrank in horror when he saw the dead cat.

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