What is the opposite of expanding?

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Adjective
Opposite of having a period of great prosperity or rapid economic growth
Adjective
Opposite of in the process of growing
“Burning this important resource enslaves the farmer to a cycle of increasing fertilizer use and decreasing productivity.”
Adjective
Opposite of bringing wealth and success
“After yet another unsuccessful venture, he felt like the American dream was eluding him.”
Adjective
Opposite of elastic or elasticated
Adjective
Opposite of having a large scope or range
Adjective
Opposite of circulating quickly
Adjective
Opposite of rapid change
Adjective
Opposite of in the process of developing
“Donne's earliest poems showed a developed knowledge of English society coupled with sharp criticism of its problems.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for 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.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to increase in extent, amount, or degree
“As the economy falters, we can expect our profits to dwindle accordingly.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to add further details to (information)
“Most works of philosophy that run to seventy or eighty volumes are hard to summarize.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to explain or provide information about something (in greater detail)
“They conspired to obfuscate the facts to the detriment of the health of millions of people.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to physically spread out
“Some beetles' wings fold inwards and have a protective casing.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to diverge into, or along, two or more separate paths
Verb
(rare) Opposite of present participle for to become less reserved in character or behavior
“As the crowds came in, she began to stress and wanted to keep to herself.”
Noun
Opposite of the act or process of becoming larger in quantity
“As this energy system becomes depleted, there is a gradual decrease in power output, which can be measured as a decrease in performance.”
Noun
Opposite of making a place a colony
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