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

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Examples of shrinkage in a Sentence

The shrinkage in contributions is significant. a shrinkage of 10 percent the shrinkage of the polar ice caps
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But these shrinkages are dwarfed by population booms in other regions. Erin Davis And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "The world's population is nearing 8 billion. That's not great news," 11 July 2019 Zoerb attributed that shrinkage to declining state funding, which has lowered the ability to invest in new professors. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two of UW-Madison's oldest, most heralded departments look to merge," 20 July 2019 Also, swelling and shrinkage in the sheath, which is farthest from the center of the fiber, will exert more leverage than equivalent changes near the fiber’s core. Sid Perkins, Scientific American, "A New Twist on Artificial Muscles," 11 July 2019 Well, not necessarily. The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab tests bed sheets for fabric strength, pilling resistance, shrinkage, and more, then dozens of consumer testers rate them in a blind comparison for softness and overall feel. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "Does the Thread Count of Your Sheets Matter? Bedding Experts Reveal the Truth," 17 May 2019 With its wireless business finally stabilizing after three years of shrinkage, Verizon’s total revenue grew 4% to $131 billion, the highest since 2015. Fortune, "Verizon Communications," 12 Sep. 2018 Prepare for a few inches of shrinkage due to extreme sweat. Aimee Simeon,, "Your Box Braid Debate Is Over — Rihanna's Red Colour Is It," 20 June 2019 Fast forward to the present, and the Fed’s turn toward easing policy by potentially cutting rates and ending the shrinkage of its $3.8 trillion asset portfolio this September received little pushback this week from lawmakers. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Takeaways From Fed Chief’s Two Days on Capitol Hill," 12 July 2019 In fact, June’s shrinkage was faster than previously thought. David Meyer, Fortune, "What Trump and Xi’s Agreement Means: CEO Daily," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of shrinkage

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of shrinkage

: the amount by which something becomes smaller or less
: the act or process of becoming smaller in amount, size, or value


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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