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shrink

verb uk   us   /ʃrɪŋk/ (shrank, shrunk)

shrink verb (BECOME SMALLER)

B2 [I or T] 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.
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shrink verb (BE FRIGHTENED)

[I usually + adv/prep] literary to move away from someone or something because you are frightened: The child shrank behind the sofa as his father shouted at him. When she was younger she would shrink (away) from me whenever I spoke to her.
shrinkage
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈʃrɪŋ.kɪdʒ/
Synthetic fabrics are less susceptible to shrinkage than natural ones.
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shrink

noun [C] uk   us   /ʃrɪŋk/ informal
a psychiatrist or psychoanalyst: I was so depressed that I ended up going to see a shrink.
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