What is the opposite of spread?

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Noun
Opposite of the process of becoming greater in size, extent, volume, amount, or number
“He stressed there would be no reduction in the number of employees working on gas main maintenance or repairs.”
Noun
Opposite of the extent, width, or area covered by something
“Only a segment of the community is concerned enough to become active in the change process.”
Noun
Opposite of an expanse or amount of something
“We cannot jump to a conclusion that by observing an atmosphere's spectrum, we can be sure of the existence or nonexistence of life.”
Noun
(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.”
Noun
Opposite of a large meal, typically a celebratory one
Noun
Opposite of the imparting or exchange of information
“Our private group on the social media platform will also be used for the withholding of confidential information from third parties.”
Noun
Opposite of wide range or extent
Noun
Opposite of a wide stretch, usually of sea, sky, or land
Noun
Opposite of the way in which something is shared out among a group or spread over an area
Noun
Opposite of the distance or measurement from side to side of something; width
Noun
Opposite of a continuous or wide area or expanse
“A munitions ship collided with a vessel in the narrows of the harbor.”
Noun
Opposite of the way in which something progresses or develops
Noun
Opposite of the extent or measurement of something from end to end
Noun
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.”
Noun
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.”
Noun
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.”
Noun
Opposite of a large or protruding belly
Noun
Opposite of the act of distending
Noun
Opposite of the act of prolonging existence, of keeping something alive or active
Verb
(of a material) Opposite of to stretch or open out
Fold the paper the way you are comfortable but keep in mind the direction of the fold.”
Verb
Opposite of to gradually reach, or cause to reach, a wider area or more people
“In those days, money was used to suppress the news of unpleasant episodes.”
Verb
Opposite of to apply as a coating
“As we were never allowed a second slice, the only thing to do was to scrape the burnt bits off the toast with a knife.”
Verb
Opposite of to develop, increase or grow rapidly
“Just as the dowels diminish in size from the top to the bottom of the piece, the purple acrylic is gradated in its application to each element.”
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Opposite of to diverge into two or more separate paths
“Where these lines converge, there is a tunnel that opens up and moves through space and time into other dimensions.”
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Opposite of to be displayed to its fullest extent
“There is nothing more freeing than driving down the road in the middle of the night and watching the mile markers disappear in the distance.”
Verb
Opposite of to distribute or be distributed loosely or evenly
“He satisfied himself with making catalogs without ever attempting to actually gather the books together in one place.”
Verb
(of light, liquid, color, etc.) Opposite of to diffuse via a source
“Electrons in the mineral absorb the energy from the activator and become excited.”
Verb
Opposite of to persist over a period of time
“The promotion will end at the end of the week.”
Verb
Opposite of to rub a (typically oily or sticky) substance over
Verb
Opposite of to apply like plaster
Verb
Opposite of to serve as a medium for conveying
“By applying an electric potential to the neon atoms, the electrons become excited, then emit a photon when returning to normal.”
Verb
Opposite of to make smooth, glossy or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding
Verb
Opposite of to occur or spread throughout an area
“Frequently, people like to gather in a small cluster and whisper among themselves.”
Verb
Opposite of to put into a spread-eagle position, with arms and legs extended and spread
Verb
Opposite of to develop gradually
“Within the extreme conditions of total war, the whole of society can retrogress to a primitive state.”
Adjective
Opposite of extended or stretched out
Adjective
Opposite of splayed-out
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