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  • 1 shrink back — verb pull away from a source of disgust or fear (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑retract • Hypernyms: ↑flinch, ↑squinch, ↑funk, ↑cringe, ↑shrink, ↑wince, ↑ …

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  • 2 shrink back from — be deterred from …

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  • 3 Shrink wrap — Shrinkwrapped redirects here. For the album, see Shrinkwrapped (album). Shrink wrap, also shrinkwrap or shrink film, is a material made up of polymer plastic film. When heat is applied to this material it shrinks tightly over whatever it is… …

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  • 4 shrink — Synonyms and related words: Sanforize, abate, ablate, about the bush, ache, agonize, ail, analyst, anguish, attenuate, avoid, avoid the limelight, balk at, bate, be eaten away, beat around, beg the question, behavior therapist, blanch, blench,… …

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  • 5 back away — there s no need to back away he s a very gentle dog Syn: draw back, step back, move away, withdraw, retreat, pull back, give ground; shrink back, cower, quail, quake …

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  • 6 shrink — [shriŋk] vi. shrank or shrunk, shrunk or shrunken, shrinking [ME schrynken < OE scrincan, akin to Swed skrynka, to wrinkle < IE * (s)kreng < base * (s)ker , to bend, turn > SHRIMP, Gr kirkos, a ring, L curvus, curved] 1. to become or… …

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  • 7 Shrink — Shrink, v. t. 1. To cause to contract or shrink; as, to shrink finnel by imersing it in boiling water. [1913 Webster] 2. To draw back; to withdraw. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The Libyc Hammon shrinks his horn. Milton. [1913 Webster] {To shrink on}… …

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  • 8 shrink — [v1] become smaller compress, concentrate, condense, constrict, contract, decrease, deflate, diminish, drop off, dwindle, fail, fall off, fall short, grow smaller, lessen, narrow, reduce, shorten, shrivel, wane, waste, waste away, weaken, wither …

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  • 9 shrink — O.E. scrincan (class III strong verb; past tense scranc, pp. scruncen), from P.Gmc. *skrenkanan (Cf. M.Du. schrinken), probably from PIE root * (s)ker to turn, bend. Originally with causal shrench (Cf. drink/drench). The meaning draw back, recoil …

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  • 10 shrink — ► VERB (past shrank; past part. shrunk or (especially as adj. ) shrunken) 1) become or make smaller in size or amount; contract. 2) (of clothes or material) become smaller as a result of being immersed in water. 3) move back or away in fear or… …

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  • 11 shrink´ing|ly — shrink1 «shrihngk», verb, shrank or shrunk, shrunk or shrunk|en, shrink|ing, noun. –v.i. 1. to draw back; re …

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  • 12 shrink´a|ble — shrink1 «shrihngk», verb, shrank or shrunk, shrunk or shrunk|en, shrink|ing, noun. –v.i. 1. to draw back; re …

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  • 13 shrink — shrink1 [ ʃrıŋk ] (past tense shrank [ ʃræŋk ] or shrunk [ ʃrʌŋk ] ; past participle shrunk [ ʃrʌŋk ] ) verb * 1. ) intransitive to become smaller in size: Do you think this dress will shrink if I handwash it? Many people shrink in old age. a )… …

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  • 14 shrink — I UK [ʃrɪŋk] / US verb Word forms shrink : present tense I/you/we/they shrink he/she/it shrinks present participle shrinking past tense shrank UK [ʃræŋk] / US or shrunk UK [ʃrʌŋk] / US past participle shrunk UK [ʃrʌŋk] / US * 1) a) [intransitive] …

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  • 15 shrink — shrink1 [ʃrıŋk] v past tense shrank [ʃræŋk] past participle shrunk [ʃrʌŋk] [: Old English; Origin: scrincan] 1.) [I and T] to become smaller, or to make something smaller, through the effects of heat or water ▪ I m worried about washing that… …

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  • 16 shrink — verb 1 become smaller ADVERB ▪ considerably, dramatically, significantly ▪ a little, slightly, etc. ▪ further ▪ …

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  • 17 shrink — 1 verb past tense shrank past participle shrunk /Sr k/ 1 (I, T) to become smaller or to make something smaller through the effects of heat or water: Hot water shrinks woollen clothes. | Will it shrink if I wash it? see also: pre­shrunk, shrunken… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 shrink — [c]/ʃrɪŋk / (say shringk) verb (shrank or shrunk, shrunk or shrunken, shrinking) –verb (i) 1. to draw back, as in retreat or avoidance. 2. to contr …

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  • 19 shrink — [[t]ʃrɪ̱ŋk[/t]] shrinks, shrinking, shrank, shrunk 1) VERB If cloth or clothing shrinks, it becomes smaller in size, usually as a result of being washed. All my jumpers have shrunk. 2) V ERG If something shrinks or something else shrinks it, it… …

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  • 20 shrink — shrinkable, adj. shrinkingly, adv. /shringk/, v., shrank or, often, shrunk; shrunk or shrunken; shrinking; n. v.i. 1. to draw back, as in retreat or avoidance: to shrink from danger; to shrink from contact. 2. to contract or lessen in size, as… …

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