shrink Definition

  • 1to become or to make something smaller in size, amount, or value
  • 2a psychiatrist or psychotherapist

Using shrink: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "shrink" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sweater shrank in the wash.

  • Example

    We need to shrink our expenses to stay within budget.

  • Example

    She's seeing a shrink to deal with her anxiety.

  • Example

    The company hired a new shrink to provide counseling services for employees.

shrink Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with shrink

  • to move back or away from someone or something in fear or disgust


    She shrank back in horror at the sight of the spider.

  • head shrink

    a slang term for a psychiatrist or psychotherapist


    He's been seeing a head shrink for his depression.

  • a plastic film that is wrapped tightly around an object to protect it or keep it fresh


    The store uses shrink wrap to package their products for shipping.


Summary: shrink in Brief

The verb 'shrink' [ʃrɪŋk] means to make something smaller in size, amount, or value. It can also refer to a mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist or psychotherapist. Examples include 'The sweater shrank in the wash.' and 'She's seeing a shrink to deal with her anxiety.' 'Shrink' has phrases like 'shrink back,' meaning to move away in fear, and 'shrink wrap,' a plastic film used for packaging. Synonyms include 'reduce' and 'diminish,' while informal equivalents are 'downsize' and 'cut back.'

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