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 consumptionb : 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 of shrinkage from the Web
White matter volume varies by individual, but studies have shown that significant shrinkage in adulthood can be a sign of damage.
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First Known Use of shrinkage
SHRINKAGE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of shrinkage for Students
: the amount by which something shrinks or becomes less
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