1. process or result of becoming less or smaller

the material lost 2 inches per yard in shrinkage

Syn: ↑shrinkage
Derivationally related forms: ↑shrink (for: ↑shrinkage), ↑shrink
Hypernyms: ↑decrease, ↑lessening, ↑drop-off
Hyponyms: ↑compression, ↑condensation, ↑contraction
2. the act of becoming less
Derivationally related forms: ↑shrink
Hypernyms: ↑decrease, ↑diminution, ↑reduction, ↑step-down
Hyponyms: ↑miniaturization, ↑miniaturisation

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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