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To become smaller

shrink

verb

to become smaller in size

contract

verb

if a substance such as metal contracts, it becomes smaller

compact

verb

to make something smaller or firmer by pressing it, or to become smaller or firmer in this way

thin

verb

to become smaller in number, amount, or size

retract

verb

if part of an object or animal retracts, or if it is retracted, it is pulled backwards or inside it

constrict

verb

to become smaller or narrower, or to make something do this

wax and wane

to become bigger or stronger and then smaller or weaker

shrinkage

noun

the process of becoming smaller in size

contraction

noun

the process of becoming smaller

constriction

noun

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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