Definition of shrink :
1. The act shrinking; shrinkage; contraction; also, recoil; withdrawal.
2. To cause to contract or shrink; as, to shrink finnel by imersing it in boiling water.
3. To draw back; to withdraw.
4. To express fear, horror, or pain by contracting the body, or part of it; to shudder; to quake.
5. To withdraw or retire, as from danger; to decline action from fear; to recoil, as in fear, horror, or distress.
6. To wrinkle, bend, or curl; to shrivel; hence, to contract into a less extent or compass; to gather together; to become compacted.
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flinch (part of speech: verb)
decrease (part of speech: verb)
decrease, erode, diminish, deduct, abate, drain, deplete, decrement, concentrate, compress, shorten, lower, dwindle, truncate, abridge, contract, deflate, curtail, lessen, subside, recede, compact, abbreviate, die down
hesitate (part of speech: verb)
lose (part of speech: verb)
contract (part of speech: verb)
diminish (part of speech: verb)
avoid (part of speech: verb)
- He wondered if she would shrink from him when the truth came to her. - "What Dreams May Come", Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton.
- To those who shrink from letting their secret affairs be known even by their nearest friends, the notion of a public exhibition of troubles simply never comes, and it had certainly never come to Gyp. - "Beyond", John Galsworthy.
- Her kiss was the only one I did not shrink from and try to escape. - "Confessions of Boyhood", John Albee.