What is the opposite of expand?

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Opposite of to become or make larger or more extensive
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“The primary problem I encountered was having the pastry shrink a considerable amount while baking them blind.”
Opposite of to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number
“As the economy falters, we can expect our profits to dwindle accordingly.”
Opposite of to give a fuller version or account of
“Most works of philosophy that run to seventy or eighty volumes are hard to summarize.”
Opposite of to spread out
“Some beetles' wings fold inwards and have a protective casing.”
(rare) Opposite of become less reserved in character or behavior
“As the crowds came in, she began to stress and wanted to keep to herself.”
(a business) Opposite of to advance, develop, or expand
“After being at the forefront of manufacturing for the last decade, the company's profits were starting to decline due to a lack of innovation.”
Opposite of to increase in size, amount or degree
“The improved safety features of the new roadway and bridges will reduce the potential for accidents.”
Opposite of to develop gradually
“Within the extreme conditions of total war, the whole of society can retrogress to a primitive state.”
Opposite of to create different forms of
(of clothing) Opposite of to lengthen by undoing and resewing a hem
Opposite of to spread out into the shape of a fan
Opposite of grow too big for
Opposite of to pull or elongate a stretchable object
“Roll small balls and place them on top, then squash into shape.”
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