shrink·​age | \ ˈshriŋ-kij How to pronounce shrinkage (audio) , especially Southern ˈsriŋ- \

Definition of shrinkage

1 : the act or process of shrinking
2a : 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

The shrinkage in contributions is significant. a shrinkage of 10 percent the shrinkage of the polar ice caps
Recent Examples on the Web This pair also had the highest score in Lab laundering tests with little to no shrinkage. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 1 Aug. 2022 Prior to the first reading from the Commerce Department on the GDP's shrinkage, Refinitiv economists expected the report to show the economy had expanded by 0.5%. Kyle Morris, Fox News, 29 July 2022 One of the quirks of trials like these is that the measure of success is related to tumor shrinkage. Mark Murphy, Forbes, 2 June 2022 There was slight shrinkage, but nothing unforgivable, as this is common with cotton products. Alyssa Brascia,, 11 July 2022 If your concern is shrinkage, for example, then high-quality security at the site, proper inventory stacking procedures and using secure packaging can be top selection criteria. Jake Rheude, Forbes, 13 June 2022 Chief among these was discernible shrinkage: The once-standard 7-ounce tuna can became a new-standard 6 ½ ounces. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2022 In our Lab testing, the pillow’s cover was easy to launder with no shrinkage or appearance changes, but analysts note that the pillow as a whole is on the heavier side and doesn't fit perfectly in a standard-size pillowcase. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 6 July 2022 Further, the expansion of technology and e-commerce provides an opportunity to streamline discount retailers’ business and prevent shrinkage of margins. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 16 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shrinkage

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shrinkage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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shrink·​age | \ ˈshriŋ-kij How to pronounce shrinkage (audio) \

Kids Definition of shrinkage

: the amount by which something shrinks or becomes less

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