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Lighten vs. Shrink

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Lightenverb

(transitive) To make brighter or clearer; to illuminate.

‘to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets’;

Shrinkverb

(transitive) To cause to become smaller.

‘The dryer shrank my sweater.’;

Lightenverb

(intransitive) To become brighter or clearer; to brighten.

Shrinkverb

(intransitive) To become smaller; to contract.

‘This garment will shrink when wet.’;

Lightenverb

To burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or like, lightning; to flash.

Shrinkverb

(intransitive) To cower or flinch.

‘Molly shrank away from the blows of the whip.’;

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Lightenverb

(transitive) To emit or disclose in, or as if in, lightning; to flash out, like lightning.

Shrinkverb

(transitive) To draw back; to withdraw.

Lightenverb

To illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten.

Shrinkverb

To withdraw or retire, as from danger.

Lightenverb

(transitive) To alleviate; to reduce the burden of.

Shrinkverb

(intransitive) To move back or away, especially because of fear or disgust.

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Lightenverb

(transitive) To make light or lighter in weight.

Shrinknoun

Shrinkage; contraction; recoil.

Lightenverb

(transitive) To make less serious or more cheerful.

Shrinknoun

A psychiatrist or psychotherapist.

‘You need to see a shrink, you crazy fool.’; ‘My shrink said that he was an enabler, bad for me.’;

Lightenverb

(intransitive) To become light or lighter in weight.

Shrinknoun

Loss of inventory, for example due to shoplifting or not selling items before their expiration date.

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Lightenverb

(intransitive) To become less serious or more cheerful.

Shrinkverb

To wrinkle, bend, or curl; to shrivel; hence, to contract into a less extent or compass; to gather together; to become compacted.

‘And on a broken reed he still did stayHis feeble steps, which shrunk when hard thereon he lay.’; ‘I have not found that water, by mixture of ashes, will shrink or draw into less room.’; ‘Against this fire do I shrink up.’; ‘And shrink like parchment in consuming fire.’; ‘All the boards did shrink.’;

Lightenverb

To descend; to light.

Shrinkverb

To withdraw or retire, as from danger; to decline action from fear; to recoil, as in fear, horror, or distress.

‘What happier natures shrink at with affright,The hard inhabitant contends is right.’; ‘They assisted us against the Thebans when you shrank from the task.’;

Lightenverb

To descend; to light.

‘O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us.’;

Shrinkverb

To express fear, horror, or pain by contracting the body, or part of it; to shudder; to quake.

Lightenverb

To burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or like, lightning; to display a flash or flashes of lightning; to flash.

‘This dreadful night,That thunders, lightens, opens graves, and roarsAs doth the lion.’;

Shrinkverb

To cause to contract or shrink; as, to shrink finnel by imersing it in boiling water.

Lightenverb

To grow lighter; to become less dark or lowering; to brighten; to clear, as the sky.

Shrinkverb

To draw back; to withdraw.

‘The Libyc Hammon shrinks his horn.’;

Lightenverb

To make light or clear; to light; to illuminate; as, to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets.

‘A key of fire ran all along the shore,And lightened all the river with a blaze.’;

Shrinknoun

The act shrinking; shrinkage; contraction; also, recoil; withdrawal.

‘Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink,That I had less to praise.’;

Lightenverb

To illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten.

‘Lighten my spirit with one clear heavenly ray.’;

Shrinknoun

a psychiatrist.

Lightenverb

To emit or disclose in, or as in, lightning; to flash out, like lightning.

‘His eye . . . lightens forthControlling majesty.’;

Shrinknoun

a physician who specializes in psychiatry

Lightenverb

To free from trouble and fill with joy.

‘They looked unto him, and were lightened.’;

Shrinkverb

wither, especially with a loss of moisture;

‘The fruit dried and shriveled’;

Lightenverb

To make lighter, or less heavy; to reduce in weight; to relieve of part of a load or burden; as, to lighten a ship by unloading; to lighten a load or burden.

Shrinkverb

draw back, as with fear or pain;

‘she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf’;

Lightenverb

To make less burdensome or afflictive; to alleviate; as, to lighten the cares of life or the burden of grief.

Shrinkverb

reduce in size; reduce physically;

‘Hot water will shrink the sweater’; ‘Can you shrink this image?’;

Lightenverb

To cheer; to exhilarate.

‘Lightens my humor with his merry jests.’;

Shrinkverb

become smaller or draw together;

‘The fabric shrank’; ‘The balloon shrank’;

Lightenverb

make more cheerful

Shrinkverb

decrease in size, range, or extent;

‘His earnings shrank’; ‘My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me’;

Lightenverb

make more cheerful

Lightenverb

make lighter or brighter;

‘The paint will brighten the room’;

Lightenverb

become brighter;

‘The sky brightened’;

Lightenverb

become lighter;

‘The room lightened up’;

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