What is the opposite of stretch?

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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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(of something soft or elastic) Opposite of to be made, or be capable of being made, longer or wider without tearing or breaking
“If you wash and dry after sewing up, the material will shrink and the pieces will distort.”
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Opposite of to draw or make tight or taut
“In the end, the Argonauts sail their ship to Corinth where they slacken the sheets, lower the sails, and dedicate the ship to Poseidon.”
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Opposite of to straighten something
“He'd sit back on his ankles and bend his elbows onto a sandstone rock, laying his body out across the side of the fire.”
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Opposite of to last or cause to last longer than expected
“Considerable pains have been taken to shorten the period of this defalcation and to diminish its amount.”
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Opposite of to extend or spread over an area or period of time
“The bridge's supports create a nice visual as they diminish in the distance across the river.”
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Opposite of to range or occur within a continuous spectrum
“It is less important to fix a precise value on the discount rate and place more emphasis on identifying the likely range of values of the discount rate.”
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Opposite of to extend outwardly
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(stretch out) Opposite of to recline or lie down by extending one's body
“I hurry to switch off the lights in my room and coil into the fetal position on my bed.”
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Opposite of to make great demands on the capacity or resources of
“With the last of the country's baby boom generation soon entering the labor market, the strain on resources and competition for jobs will begin to abate.”
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Opposite of to describe or express in too exaggerated terms
“It is increasingly common for the rich to understate the value of gifts in order to avoid paying taxes on property passed on to heirs.”
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Opposite of to damage (a muscle, ligament, etc.) by abnormal strain
“Your body literally wants to heal the muscles in reverse order of how they became damaged.”
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(of finances or resources) Opposite of to be sufficient or adequate for a certain purpose
“Have houses prices too low, and there'll be insufficient investments in the area.”
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(of a living thing) Opposite of to get bigger physically through natural development
“He had an autoimmune disease that made him shrink in size over time.”
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Opposite of to make heavy demands on
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Opposite of to spread from a central point to cover a wider area
“The lane would eventually stop with a dead-end.”
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Opposite of to give pain, affliction, or vexation to
“She then gave me a cute, shy little smile, completely unaware that her doing that alone was enough to mollify me.”
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Opposite of to range or occur within a continuous spectrum
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Opposite of to extend or lengthen excessively
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Opposite of to damage (a muscle, ligament, etc.) by abnormal strain
Relax your muscles, and the pain should subside soon after.”
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Opposite of be dramatic
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Opposite of to put into a spread-eagle position, with arms and legs extended and spread
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Opposite of to twist forcefully
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Opposite of to be, or cause to be, wide open
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Opposite of to affect without completely changing
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Opposite of to make rare, thin, porous, or less dense
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Opposite of to bend or become bent
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Opposite of to lie down
“I turn off the snooze and reluctantly tell myself to get up from the bed.”
Noun
Opposite of a continuous period of time
“For a brief moment, considering the embarrassing circumstances, I was pleased with my poised response.”
Noun
Opposite of the ability or measure of a material or object to stretch
“The rigidity of the cloth, its resistance to curling, and the actual count of the mesh, all originate in the weaving operation.”
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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.”
Noun
Opposite of a sudden short bout of an illness or stress
“Probiotics can be used to provide defense against illnesses.”
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Opposite of a wide stretch, usually of sea, sky, or land
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Opposite of a region or part of a town, a country, or the world
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Opposite of a continuous period of a particular situation or condition
“Following her membership in the group, her household experienced a brief spurt of economic improvement.”
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Opposite of the act of prolonging
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Opposite of the range or scope of something
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Opposite of a person's fixed or allotted period of work
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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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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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Opposite of an administrative district of a city or country
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Opposite of physical or mental effort
Noun
Opposite of the state or property of being stretched or under strain
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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.”
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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.”
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.”
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Opposite of a survey, a tour
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Opposite of a pause or break in continuity in a sequence or activity
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Opposite of an unfair or dishonest account or exposition
Adjective
Opposite of the capacity of a material or garment to stretch or be stretched
“Many garments are difficult to put on simply because they are made of rigid fabric.”
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