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intransitive verbshrunk, shrank, shrunken
1(diminish in size)(fabric/clothes) encoger(se)(meat) achicarse(metal/wood) contraerse(area) reducirse(area) verse reducido formal(number/amount) reducirse(amount/number) disminuir(amount/number) verse reducido formal(person) achicarsethe blouse shrank in the wash — la blusa (se) encogió al lavarla
- the total has shrunk to two/by ten per cent — el total se ha visto reducido a dos/en un diez por ciento
- the veal/spinach will shrink away to nothing — la ternera/espinaca va a quedar reducida a nada
- Chipmakers can cut costs by shrinking the size of their semiconductors and fitting more on a single silicon wafer.
- Harvard, Yale, and Stanford have shrunk the amount of their endowments allocated to private equity, which includes venture, for three straight years.
- Technically, silk does not shrink like other fibers.
- The current bearish stock market, rising energy costs, and shrinking family size would all seem to counter this trend.
- Instead of attacking popular federal social programs, the idea is to kill them off by shrinking the size of government.
- A flashing icon alerts viewers when mail arrives, and the TV screen can be shrunk to one-quarter size while the viewer reads and responds to the mail.
- The workforce has shrunk by 1,000 over the last two years.
- Chemotherapy shrank it to the size of an apricot, but David needed a specialised biopsy to determine whether the tumour was still cancerous.
- So the central problem is that we will shrink the workforce at the same time that we increase the number of people out of the workforce.
- Developments in sub-machine guns since 1945 have concentrated on bringing them closer to assault rifles and shrinking them in size.
- The new process not only shrinks the die size thereby reducing manufacturing costs but will also improve speeds by more than 30 per cent, says the company.
- The selling point for the single-chip design is not just shrinking the box size but also lower cost in producing the units because of its simpler design.
- Three thousand Opel workers lost their jobs at that time, shrinking the workforce from 12,000 to 9,000.
- By shrinking the size of the transistors and other features etched into the silicon, more of the tiny devices can be squeezed onto a single chip.
- So, let's do everything we can to grow the economy and shrink the relative size of the deficit tumor.
- Keep in mind the material might shrink slightly.
- Faced with budget deficits when he took office in 1993, Mayor Giuliani refused to raise taxes but instead shrank the size of government and slowly began cutting taxes.
- Amazingly, when he did, the clothes shrunk before his eyes to form a perfect fit.
- If you wash and dry after sewing up, the material will shrink and the pieces will distort.
- Of course he also brought a determination to rebuild the U.S. Military, to cut taxes, to shrink the size of government and he went right to work to do all these things.
- Clothes will shrink upon wish granting, but they never stretch.
- Some fabrics shrink or change shape when washed.
- At the pulp mill, likewise, the workforce has shrunk to a fraction of its former size.
- Will the market for printed Japanese materials shrink?
- She had radiation to shrink the size of the tumor.
- He has shrunk the size of the federal government for the first time since Eisenhower.
- It has argued that because of the country's aging population and shrinking workforce, pension premiums had to be raised and benefits reduced if the scheme were to survive.
2(recoil)retrocederrecular informalto shrink back / away from sth/sb — echarse atrás / retroceder ante algo/algn
- to shrink from sth/-ing
- I will not shrink from the truth — no me voy a acobardar ante la verdad
- she shrank from actually telling him he was fired — no se atrevió a decirle que estaba despedido
- he will not shrink from doing his duty — no rehuirá cumplir con su obligación
- When you put them down on paper, your fears shrink.
- Lela felt her face pale and her pupils shrink in fear, and she slowly put her project aside.
- People no longer winced or shrunk away in fear when she passed, and the teachers no longer completely ignored her.
- She shrunk back in fear, shaking uncontrollably.
- Have we the moral courage to welcome it as an opportunity, or will we shrink back into fearing it as a threat?
- He moved toward the couch, but she shrunk back like a startled cat at his advance.
- However, from the house to Oban on the mainland is a two-hour journey, which for some will be a major asset, although others may shrink in fear at the thought.
- Claire wanted to shrink back in fear, she never saw anyone look so upset.
- The lobby was designed so that natural light almost shrank back out of fear as soon as you reached Slotland.
- I encouraged people not to shrink in fear and self-protection, but be unusually visionary and ethical.
- Saki shrunk in fear and revulsion as he approached her.
- However, rather than capitalise on the rapport we had built up, I instead shrank back in fear.
- Clutching my book to my chest in feigned terror, I shrunk back in mock fear and straggled out,
- Although private equity investment in many countries was already shrinking amid fears of a global recession, it has now fallen off a cliff.
- The archive page has moved, and has shrunk dramatically.
- A gleam of something shot through his eyes, and I shrunk back in fear.
- Bruno retreats immediately, shrinking away physically and verbally.
- Having shrunken back in fear, Anna now found the strength to straighten up again and hold her head high.
- But as I grew older, wiser, the fear slowly shrunk, and the hatred took over.
- While other big cities see their populations shrink, foreigners are moving in to the capital and boosting the population and it is changing the social and economic landscape.
transitive verbshrunk, shrank, shrunken
1(fabric/clothes) encoger(costs) reducir(costs) recortarto shrink heads — reducir cabezas
- to shrink sth on — montar algo en caliente
1loquero masculine informalloquera feminine informalpsiquiatra feminine
- With a good referral, you can get to a shrink with expertise in this area, and you'll be back in the boudoir in no time.
- Going to a counselor or a shrink was out of the question.
- I know how manipulative, as the shrinks say, members of my sex can be.
- You need to consult with a kiddie shrink who will convince your wife that youngsters who call the shots wind up in a not very good place.
- The cancer patients made one thing clear, no shrinks, we want to support each other, we can relate, we understand our own needs.
- A bevy of Welsh shrinks have modified an existing psychological test to identify people with psychopathic tendencies.
- Why do you think the demand for psychotherapists / shrinks is growing and more and more people are turning to massage/yoga and other similarly relaxation-inducing activities.
- I end up finding out things about people that they probably wouldn't tell their shrinks.
- Manhattan, and especially the Upper East Side, is a hotbed of analysts and shrinks who will massage the angst of those who can afford their fees.
- About twenty minutes in, I dare say this thought had even penetrated Robert's skull, and he started asking the shrinks what they all made of it.
- The other man is a shrink at a local psychiatric hospital.
- Yet if they are or were psychotic - a word the shrinks struggle to define - a parole board is irrelevant.
- Then the shrink starts on about how at first they thought psychology was important but now things are changing.
- I found a shrink in the hospital who specialized in treating survivors of prostitution and pornography.
- This is Manhattan, even the shrinks have shrinks.
- Whether it's going off to college or dumping your shrink, I think that's part of the healthy growing process.
- Counsellors, shrinks and psychologists are flocking to the disaster sites and the homes of grieving relatives to comfort the hurting, the stunned and the overwhelmed, sometimes with a media crew in tow.
- She squeezed his arms with what little energy remained in her frail body and went through all the mental exercises her shrink had suggested she put into practice when such episodes came about.
- There's always a raft of psychological explanations for such antics but, as with most things, it's actually a lot easier than the shrinks think.
- There's no question about it - the tax-funded mental health system is merely welfare for the mental health experts, namely shrinks and therapists.
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