shrink·​age ˈshriŋ-kij How to pronounce shrinkage (audio)
 especially Southern  ˈsriŋ-
: the act or process of shrinking
: the loss in weight of livestock during shipment and in the process of preparing the meat for consumption
: the loss of goods especially by theft
inventory shrinkage
: the amount lost by shrinkage

Examples of shrinkage in a Sentence

The shrinkage in contributions is significant. a shrinkage of 10 percent the shrinkage of the polar ice caps
Recent Examples on the Web Plus, reviewers reported that there was no shrinkage or color fading after washing this garment a few times. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 27 Apr. 2024 The testers also expressed that the buttery smooth sheets are cool to the touch thanks to the viscose, and that even after multiple washes there weren’t loose threads or any shrinkage. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 2024 The eurozone showed zero growth in the last three months of last year, following shrinkage of 0.1% in the quarter before that. David McHugh, Fortune Europe, 1 Mar. 2024 Though still soft and smooth, the material wasn’t as shiny and emerged mildly wrinkled with some shrinkage. Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Jan. 2024 North American and European families already trend smaller, so shrinkage will be less pronounced in those regions, according to researchers. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 10 Jan. 2024 From 2019 to 2023, shrinkage added about 3.6 percentage points to inflation for products like paper towels and toilet paper, up from 1.2 percentage points from 2015 to 2019. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024 Acknowledging the Hong Kong industry’s shrinkage and its inward turn of late, Wong says the objective is to expand scale and horizons again. Patrick Frater, Variety, 17 Feb. 2024 And as more chains and online retailers post unit costs, shoppers may be more attuned to size changes, Mr. Yao said, an awareness that could beat back against future shrinkage. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shrinkage was in 1800

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“Shrinkage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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shrink·​age ˈshriŋ-kij How to pronounce shrinkage (audio)
: the amount by which something shrinks or becomes less

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