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What is the opposite of growing?

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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 beginning, starting, coming into existence
Adjective
Opposite of suddenly, or recently, coming into existence (or view)
Adjective
Opposite of having a period of great prosperity or rapid economic growth
Adjective
Opposite of ongoing, or in progress
“Before his job is finished, he will create a list of suggestions that could reduce the energy consumption of her home by 50 per cent.”
Adjective
Opposite of having the ability to produce financial growth or gain
“This is an unprofitable business and some big decisions will need to be made soon on its future.”
Adjective
Opposite of characterized by a rate of rapid change or growth
Adjective
Opposite of in the early part of growth or life
Adjective
Opposite of happening or developing gradually or in stages
“The other boat suddenly came to an abrupt halt, amid much cursing and shouting from its wetsuited skipper and his drysuited mate.”
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.”
Adjective
Opposite of causing, or in a state of, developmental change or progress
Adjective
Opposite of extending or growing in an outward direction or movement
Adjective
Opposite of in a state of change or development, or related to change and development
Adjective
Opposite of characterized by a period of development or formation
Adjective
Opposite of not restrained or held in check
Noun
(of plants or species) Opposite of the process of maturation or development
“The withering of plants can be accelerated through the use of herbicide.”
Noun
Opposite of the activity or business of growing crops and raising livestock
Noun
(mass noun) Opposite of an increase in size
“The shrinking of his muscles was noticeable once he stopped going to the gym.”
Noun
Opposite of the process of growing up
“Her regression would begin with her experiencing fatigue and a general lack of energy.”
Noun
Opposite of growth or increase by the gradual accumulation of additional layers or matter
Noun
Opposite of the way in which something progresses or develops
Verb
Opposite of reaching a specified state or condition
“The food is staying fresh after being kept in the refrigerator.”
Verb
(of a living thing) Opposite of present participle for to get bigger physically through natural development
“He had an autoimmune disease that made him shrink in size over time.”
Verb
(on the body) Opposite of present participle for to develop something, typically a kind of natural growth
“Thank you for highlighting the fact that I'm starting to lose my hair.”
Verb
(a plant or vegetable) Opposite of present participle for to sprout or germinate
“The drought had caused the vegetation to wither and die, much to the chagrin of farmers.”
Verb
(with object) Opposite of present participle for to cause vegetation or plants to germinate and develop
“If you don't water the garden, you're going to kill everything that lives there.”
Verb
(a business) Opposite of present participle for to advance, develop, or expand
“After being at the forefront of manufacturing for the last decade, the company's profits were starting to decline due to a lack of innovation.”
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