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What is the opposite of spreading?

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Adjective
Opposite of extending or growing in an outward direction or movement
Adjective
(antiseptic) Opposite of easily, or capable of being, transmitted to others
Adjective
(noncommunicable) Opposite of easily, or capable of being, transmitted to others
Adjective
Opposite of growing, increasing or expanding at a fast rate
Adjective
Opposite of spread out or expansive
Adjective
Opposite of tending to cause death or severe physical harm or injury
Adjective
Opposite of having a shape that (increasingly) spreads out
“The sharp, tapered tip is used to pierce and thread smaller cuts without damaging their appearance.”
Adjective
Opposite of sprawling or spread out (over an area)
Adjective
Opposite of radiating from a central point
Adjective
Opposite of clinging or growing over walls or on the ground, typically of vines or plants
Adjective
Opposite of rich and profuse in growth
Noun
Opposite of the act of announcing something, especially to a wide audience
Noun
Opposite of the act of propagating or spreading of ideas, beliefs etc.
Noun
Opposite of the dissemination or spreading of something
Noun
Opposite of the process by which something evolves, progresses, or becomes revealed
Noun
Opposite of the movement of information from one to another
“The summarization and consolidation of data in data warehouses are targeted for decision support.”
Noun
Opposite of the way in which something progresses or develops
Noun
Opposite of the action of making known one's thoughts or feelings
“Her experience of han-puri is drawn directly from the trauma she experienced, necessitating both the suppression of her anger and the acceptance of her fate.”
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 a published statement or the act of revealing something
Withholding of information is considered perjury within the framework of many justice systems.”
Noun
Opposite of the way in which something is shared out among a group or spread over an area
Noun
Opposite of the action of providing what is needed or wanted
“In a shock admission, withholdment of food as a means of persuasion was also ordered by the authorities.”
Verb
(of a material) Opposite of present participle for 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 present participle for 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 present participle for 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 present participle for 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 present participle for 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.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for 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 present participle for 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 present participle for to diffuse via a source
“Electrons in the mineral absorb the energy from the activator and become excited.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to persist over a period of time
“The promotion will end at the end of the week.”
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