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English noun: shrinkage

1. shrinkage (event) process or result of becoming less or smaller

SamplesThe material lost 2 inches per yard in shrinkage.


Broader (hypernym)decrease, drop-off, lessening

Narrower (hyponym)compression, condensation, contraction

2. shrinkage (attribute) the amount by which something shrinks

Broader (hypernym)decrease, decrement

3. shrinkage (act) the act of stealing goods that are on display in a store

SamplesShrinkage is the retail trade's euphemism for shoplifting.


Broader (hypernym)larceny, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving

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