AskDefine | Define shrinkage

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1 process or result of becoming less or smaller; "the material lost 2 inches per yard in shrinkage" [syn: shrinking]
2 the amount by which something shrinks
3 the act of stealing goods that are on display in a store; "shrinkage is the retail trade's euphemism for shoplifting" [syn: shoplifting]

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  1. the act of shrinking, or the proportion by which something shrinks
  2. the loss of merchandise through theft

Extensive Definition

Shrinkage has multiple meanings, depending on the context.

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