What is the opposite of expand?

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Opposite of to become or make larger or more extensive
“The primary problem I encountered was having the pastry shrink a considerable amount while baking them blind.”
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Opposite of to increase in extent, amount, or degree
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“As the economy falters, we can expect our profits to dwindle accordingly.”
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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.”
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Opposite of to physically spread out
“Some beetles' wings fold inwards and have a protective casing.”
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Opposite of to diverge into, or along, two or more separate paths
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(rare) Opposite of to become less reserved in character or behavior
“As the crowds came in, she began to stress and wanted to keep to herself.”
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Opposite of to expand or be expanded through the act of filling
“My father eases the jeep back down the narrow planks, and we deflate the tires to avoid a similar fate.”
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Opposite of to create different forms of
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(of clothing) Opposite of to lengthen by undoing and resewing a hem
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Opposite of to spread out into the shape of a fan
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Opposite of grow too big for
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