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Noun shrinking has 2 senses
  1. shrinking, shrinkage - process or result of becoming less or smaller; "the material lost 2 inches per yard in shrinkage"
    --1 is a kind of decrease, lessening, drop-off
    --1 has particulars: compression, condensation, contraction
    Derived form: verb shrink3
  2. shrinking - the act of becoming less
    --2 is a kind of
    decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down
    --2 has particulars: miniaturization, miniaturisation
    Derived form: verb shrink5
Verb shrink has 5 senses
  1. shrivel, shrivel up, shrink, wither - wither, especially with a loss of moisture; "The fruit dried and shriveled"
    --1 is one way to decrease, diminish, lessen, fall
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
  2. flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail - draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
    --2 is one way to move
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s PP
  3. shrink, reduce - reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?"
    --3 is one way to decrease, lessen, minify
    Derived forms: noun shrinkage1, noun shrinking1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  4. shrink, contract - become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank"
    --4 is one way to decrease, diminish, lessen, fall
    Antonyms: stretch
    Derived form: noun shrinkage1
    Sample sentence:
    These fabrics shrink easily
  5. shrink, shrivel - decrease in size, range, or extent; "His earnings shrank"; "My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me"
    --5 is one way to decrease, diminish, lessen, fall
    Derived form: noun shrinking2
    Sample sentence:
    Their earnings shrink this year
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