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English definition of “shrink”


verb [I or T] (BECOME SMALLER)    /ʃrɪŋk/ (shrank, shrunk)
B2 to become smaller , or to make something smaller : Your sweater will shrink if you wash it at too high a temperature . The company's profits have shrunk from £5.5 million to £1.25 million. The productivity improvements have shrunk our costs by 25 percent . → See also shrunkenBecoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong shrinkage     /ˈʃrɪŋ.kɪdʒ/ noun [U] Synthetic fabrics are less susceptible to shrinkage than natural ones .Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
(Definition of shrink verb (BECOME SMALLER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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