—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 from exposure to conditions of temperature or moisture: This cloth will not shrink if washed in lukewarm water. 3. to become reduced in extent or compass.
—v.t. 1. to cause to shrink or contract; reduce.
2. Textiles.to cause (a fabric) to contract during finishing, thus preventing shrinkage, during laundering, of the garments made from it.
—n. 1. an act or instance of shrinking.
2. a shrinking movement.
4. Also,shrinker.Also called head shrinker.Slang.a psychotherapist, psychiatrist, or psychoanalyst.