What is the opposite of expansion?

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Noun
Opposite of the action of becoming larger or more extensive
“Change in management has seen a significant reduction in employee disgruntlement.”
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Opposite of the action of physically expanding in size, width or girth
“Nonvolatile pungent compounds promote the secretion of norepinephrine, which causes the contraction of blood vessels.”
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Opposite of a new addition to a structure or piece of work
“Parapets are a particular problem that should be included in any structural abatement ordinance.”
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Opposite of a continuous or wide area or expanse
“A munitions ship collided with a vessel in the narrows of the harbor.”
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(of businesses or enterprises) Opposite of an increase in market share and reach
“The decline of the company was rapid after several competitors began to encroach on its market share.”
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Opposite of an instance or period of increasing or expanding in amount, value or size
“The researchers think this lessening of friction may occur among the grains in granular flows, such as snow cascading down a mountainside.”
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Opposite of the action of magnifying something or the process of being magnified
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Opposite of an increase or rise, especially one to counteract a perceived discrepancy
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Opposite of the act, or the result, of diversifying
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Opposite of the act of distending
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Opposite of a wide stretch, usually of sea, sky, or land
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Opposite of a flow inward or into something
“Not to let physical limits hold the industry down, new storage technologies are emerging to match the accelerating digitalization and global sharing of information.”
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Opposite of making a place a colony
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Opposite of the length of the space between two points
“There is here no question as to how or where the physical connection of the roads shall be made, for that has already been done at the place.”
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Opposite of a continuous area or expanse which is free, available, or unoccupied
“I had enough of the clutter and crowdedness in the room, decided to leave and get some fresh air.”
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Opposite of the act or state of diffusing or dispersing something
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Opposite of movement onwards or forwards or towards a specific destination
“The army made its retreat when they realized they were heavily outnumbered.”
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Opposite of a large area of barren, typically uninhabited land
“Depending on its location, residential development can cater to a broader market than a commercial property.”
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Opposite of an area over which capacity extends
“There were few buyers for the plots of land because of the windiness of the site and the inaccessibility of the shore.”
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