shrink-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: make or become smaller or less

His savings quickly shrank.
Your sweater will shrink if you wash it at too high a temperature.
The company's profits have shrunk from 5.5 million to 1.25 million.
The productivity improvements have shrunk our costs by 25 percent.

VerbNet: other_cos-45.4
FrameNet: Cause_expansion,Expansion
PropBank: shrink.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3, 4

Sense Number 2: draw back or recoil, be unwilling or reluctant

Commentary: Includes: SHRINK BACK, SHRINK FROM

He shrank back in revulsion.
She does not shrink from tackling tough problems.
He shrank at the thought of making such a sacrifice.
The child shrank behind the sofa as his father shouted at him.
When she was younger she would shrink away from me whenever I spoke to her.

VerbNet: flinch-40.5
FrameNet: Avoiding
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 5
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
shrink_back 1
shrink_from 1

Sense Number 3: be treated by psychotherapist

Just listen to me and try not to shrink me.
That guidance councelor was gonna shrink us all!

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM