Sanforize, abate, ablate, about the bush, ache, agonize, ail, analyst, anguish, attenuate, avoid, avoid the limelight, balk at, bate, be eaten away, beat around, beg the question, behavior therapist, blanch, blench, blink, blush unseen, boggle, clinical psychologist, compress, concentrate, condense, constrict, consume, consume away, contract, corrode, cower, cringe, crouch, crumble, decline, decrease, deliquesce, demur, deplete, depreciate, desiccate, die away, diminish, dissipate, dive, dodge, drain, draw back, draw in, dribble away, drift away, droop, drop, drop off, dry up, duck, dwindle, ebb, emacerate, emaciate, equivocate, erode, evade, fade, fade away, fall, fall away, fall back, fall off, fall short, falter, feel pain, feel the pangs, fence, fight shy of, flag, flinch, funk, go, go away, grimace, hang back, hang off, have a misery, have qualms, headshrinker, hedge, hem and haw, hesitate, hold off, huddle, hurt, hypnotherapist, jib, languish, lessen, let up, macerate, make bones about, melt away, move away, move off, narcotherapist, parch, parry, pause, pine, plummet, plunge, pound, preshrink, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, psychoanalyzer, psychotherapeutist, psychotherapist, pull away, pull back, pull in, pull out, pussyfoot, put off, quail, recede, recoil, reel back, retire, retract, retreat, retrocede, run low, sag, scruple, sear, sheer off, shift, shift off, shoot, shrink back, shrink from, shrinker, shrivel, shrivel up, shy, shy at, shy away, shy off, sidestep, sink, slink, smart, squander, squinch, stand off, start, start aside, start back, step aside, stick at, stickle, strain, subside, suffer, swerve, tail off, thin, thrill, throb, tingle, turn aside, twinge, twitch, wane, ward off, waste, waste away, waver, weaken, wear, wear away, weasel, weasel out, weazen, widen the distance, wilt, wince, withdraw, withdraw from, wither, wizen, writhe
be unwilling, nill, dislike, grudge, begrudge, not be able to find it in one's heart to, not have the stomach to, demur, stick at, scruple, stickle, hang fire, run rusty, recoil, shrink, swerve, hesitate, avoid, oppose, dissent, refuse.
decrease, diminish, lessen, abridge, shrink, drop off, fall off, tail off, fall away, waste, wear, wane, ebb, decline, descend, subside, melt away, die away, retire into the shade, hide its diminished head, fall to a low ebb, run low, languish, decay, crumble, bate, abate, dequantitate, discount, depreciate, extenuate, lower, weaken, attenuate, fritter away, mitigate, dwarf, throw into the shade, reduce, shorten, subtract.
be sensible, have a tender heart, have a warm heart, have a sensitive heart, take to heart, treasure up in the heart, shrink, die of a rose in aromatic pain, touch to the quick, touch on the raw, touch a raw nerve.
fear, stand in awe of, be afraid, have qualms, apprehend, sit upon thorns, eye askance, distrust, hesitate, falter, funk, cower, crouch, skulk, let 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would' take fright, take alarm, start, wince, flinch, shy, shrink, fly, tremble, shake, shiver, shiver in one's shoes, shudder, flutter, shake like an aspen leaf, tremble like an aspen leaf, tremble all over, quake, quaver, quiver, quail, grow pale, turn pale, blench, stand aghast, not dare to say one's soul is one's own, inspire fear, excite fear, inspire awe, excite awe, raise apprehensions, be in a daze, bulldoze, faze, feeze, give an alarm, raise an alarm, sound an alarm, alarm, startle, scare, cry 'wolf', disquiet, dismay, fright, frighten, terrify, astound, fright from one's propriety, fright out of one's senses, fright out of one's wits, fright out of one's seven senses, awe, strike all of a heap, strike an awe into, strike terror, harrow up the soul, appall, unman, petrify, horrify, pile on the agony, make one's flesh creep, make one's hair stand on end, make one's blood run cold, make one's teeth chatter, take away one's breath, stop one's breath, make one tremble, haunt, prey on the mind, weigh on the mind, put in fear, put in bodily fear, terrorize, intimidate, cow, daunt, overawe, abash, deter, discourage, browbeat, bully, threaten.
become small, become smaller, lessen, decrease, grow less, dwindle, shrink, contract, narrow, shrivel, collapse, wither, lose flesh, wizen, fall away, waste, wane, ebb, decay, be smaller than, fall short of, not come up to, render smaller, lessen, diminish, contract, draw in, narrow, coarctate, boil down, constrict, constringe, condense, compress, squeeze, corrugate, crimp, crunch, crush, crumple up, warp, purse up, pack, squeeze, stow, pinch, tighten, strangle, cramp, dwarf, bedwarf, shorten, circumscribe, restrain, (subtraction) 38 abrade, pare, reduce, attenuate, rub down, scrape, file, file down, grind, grind down, chip, shave, shear, wear down.
recede, regrade, return, revert, retreat, retire, retrograde, retrocede, back out, back down, balk, crawfish, crawl, withdraw, rebound, go back, come back, turn back, hark back, draw back, fall back, get back, put back, run back, lose ground, fall astern, drop astern, backwater, put about, backtrack, take the back track, veer round, double, wheel, countermarch, ebb, regurgitate, jib, shrink, shy, turn tail, turn round, turn upon one's heel, turn one's back upon, retrace one's steps, dance the back step, sound a retreat, beat a retreat, go home.
recede, go, move back, move from, retire, withdraw, shrink, back off, come away, move away, back away, go away, get away, drift away, depart, retreat, move off, stand off, sheer off, fall back, stand aside, run away, remove, shunt, distance.