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decrease

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of decrease

  1. the amount by which something is lessened <the average decrease in the price of milk was five cents per gallon> Synonyms abatement, decline, decrement, dent, depletion, depression, diminishment, diminution, drop, drop-off, fall, falloff, loss, reduction, shrinkage, step-down Related Words deduction, subtraction; downturn, slip, slump; curtailment, cut, cutback, retrenchment, shortening Near Antonyms accretion, accrual, accumulation, addition, supplement; continuation, extension; upswing, uptrend, upturn Antonyms boost, enlargement, gain, increase, increment, raise, rise, step-up, uptick




decrease

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of decrease

  1. 1 to make smaller in amount, volume, or extent <workers decreased the volume of water flowing through the pipes in order to prevent an overflow> Synonyms abate, de-escalate, dent, deplete, diminish, downscale, downsize, drop, dwindle, ease, knock down, lessen, lower, reduce Related Words compress, condense, constrict, contract; abbreviate, abridge, clip, crop, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down, dock, nick, pare, prune, retrench, shorten, slash, trim, truncate, whittle; deflate, shrink; minimize; moderate, modify, modulate, qualify Near Antonyms blow up, dilate, distend, inflate, swell; elongate, extend, lengthen, prolong, protract; add (to), complement, supplement; enhance, heighten, intensify; redouble Antonyms aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, enlarge, escalate, expand, increase, raise

  2. 2 to grow less in scope or intensity especially gradually <the force of the wind slowly decreased until the flowers were standing upright again> Synonyms abate, decline, de-escalate, die (away or down or out), diminish, drain (away), drop (off), dwindle, ease, ebb, fall, fall away, lessen, let up, lower, moderate, pall, phase down, ratchet (down) also rachet (down), recede, relent, remit, shrink, subside, taper, taper off, wane Related Words compress, condense, constrict, contract; evaporate, fade (away), fritter (away), give out, melt (away), peter (out), tail (off), vanish; slacken, slow (down); alleviate, relax; flag, sink, weaken; cave (in), collapse, deflate Near Antonyms appear, emerge, show up; blow up, distend, elongate, lengthen Antonyms accumulate, balloon, build, burgeon (also bourgeon), enlarge, escalate, expand, grow, increase, intensify, mount, mushroom, pick up, rise, snowball, soar, swell, wax




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