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    two words+the opposite of shrink and ...

    When you wash a dress, sometimes it shrinks in the wash.But sometimes after using your dress, it becomes larger. What word do you use?
    When you buy a T-shirt after using it if the material is not good there are some small cloth balls on your T-shirt the same color as the T-shirt itself. What do you call the process? Will you use it in a sentence?
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    Re: two words+the opposite of shrink and ...

    If it becomes larger, it stretches.

    If you mean like this, it's called pilling.

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    Re: two words+the opposite of shrink and ...

    *Not a teacher*

    The most common antonyms for "shrink" are: "increase" and "expand" "Expand" is probably the better choice in the context of a result of washing a piece of clothing.
    Last edited by hombre viejo; 21-Jan-2013 at 00:07. Reason: failed to note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: two words+the opposite of shrink and ...

    When talking about clothing, I would only use "stretch" regardless of whether it stretched from over-wearing or from washing.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: two words+the opposite of shrink and ...

    Quote Originally Posted by hombre viejo View Post
    The most common antonyms for "shrink" are: "increase" and "expand.
    Neither of these words is likely in the context of clothing.

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