shrinkage

noun shrink·age \ ˈshriŋ-kij , especially Southern ˈsriŋ- \
|Updated on: 19 Aug 2018

Definition of shrinkage

1 : the act or process of shrinking
2 a : the loss in weight of livestock during shipment and in the process of preparing the meat for consumption
b : the loss of goods especially by theft
  • inventory shrinkage
3 : the amount lost by shrinkage

Examples of shrinkage in a Sentence

  1. The shrinkage in contributions is significant.

  2. a shrinkage of 10 percent

  3. the shrinkage of the polar ice caps

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First Known Use of shrinkage

1800

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SHRINKAGE Defined for English Language Learners

shrinkage

Definition of shrinkage for English Language Learners

  • : the amount by which something becomes smaller or less

  • : the act or process of becoming smaller in amount, size, or value


SHRINKAGE Defined for Kids

shrinkage

noun shrink·age \ ˈshriŋ-kij \

Definition of shrinkage for Students

: the amount by which something shrinks or becomes less


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