decrease

verb
de·crease | \di-ˈkrēs, ˈdē-ˌ \
decreased; decreasing

Definition of decrease 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to grow progressively less (as in size, amount, number, or intensity) Yearly sales decreased by five percent. His little remaining strength had been decreasing rapidly for two or three days preceding …— Charles Dickens

transitive verb

: to cause to decrease decrease the risk of heart disease trying to decrease our use of fossil fuels

decrease

noun
de·crease | \ˈdē-ˌkrēs, di-ˈ \

Definition of decrease (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the process of growing progressively less (as in size, amount, number, or intensity) : the process of decreasing a decrease in productivity

2 : an amount of diminution : reduction a decrease of 20,000 saw a 20% decrease in violent crime

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Other Words from decrease

Verb

decreasingly \di-ˈkrē-siŋ-lē, dē- \ adverb

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Verb

decrease, lessen, diminish, reduce, abate, dwindle mean to grow or make less. decrease suggests a progressive decline in size, amount, numbers, or intensity. slowly decreased the amount of pressure lessen suggests a decline in amount rather than in number. has been unable to lessen her debt diminish emphasizes a perceptible loss and implies its subtraction from a total. his visual acuity has diminished reduce implies a bringing down or lowering. you must reduce your caloric intake abate implies a reducing of something excessive or oppressive in force or amount. the storm abated dwindle implies progressive lessening and is applied to things growing visibly smaller. their provisions dwindled slowly

Examples of decrease in a Sentence

Verb

Sales decreased by five percent this year. The driver decreased her speed as she approached the curve. These changes will decrease our expenses.

Noun

Studies report a recent decrease in traffic accidents. Because of the injury, some decrease in mobility is to be expected. a decrease of three dollars
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As his workload decreased in recent years, Mr. Wharton approached Mr. Roswell with the idea of starting a formal mentoring program for younger partners and associates. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "John G. 'Jack' Wharton, noted real estate attorney, dies," 11 July 2018 López released the routine in 2011, along with a corresponding training board called the Transgression (and a gentler version called the Progression), which has a series of horizontal edges decreasing in depth from top to bottom. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "Climber Eva López Has a PhD in Finger Strength," 9 July 2018 Fewer people were caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally in June than in the previous three months, the first time the number of arrivals decreased in 2018. Kate Morrissey, latimes.com, "Illegal border crossings decrease in June, the first time in 2018," 7 July 2018 Fewer people were caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally in June than in the previous three months, the first time the number of arrivals decreased in 2018. Kate Morrissey, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Illegal border crossings decrease for the first time in 2018," 6 July 2018 Complaints in New York decreased from 9,618 in 2016 to 8,113 last year. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "Why Philly is a particularly bad place to get bedbugs," 5 July 2018 Inbreeding also leads to higher miscarriage rates and decreased fertility in offspring. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Northern white rhino could be saved from extinction using embryos," 5 July 2018 In addition to audible warnings and visible cues, physical changes to trains and platforms can also decrease gaps, Berkowitz said. Emily Williams, BostonGlobe.com, "Other subway systems urge passengers to ‘Mind the Gap’," 3 July 2018 The total amount taken during burglaries in 2017 decreased from $118,989 in 2016 to $89,253. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Crime down 'significantly' in South Milwaukee in 2017; over a quarter down in the first quarter of 2018," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rossman attributes the decrease in overdose deaths to the increased availability of naloxone — also known by its trade name Narcan — a drug used to reverse the effects of opioids. Janene Holzberg, Howard County Times, "New podcast amplifies Howard County health officer's voice on issues," 1 July 2018 Britain’s 10-year yield dipped five basis points to 1.324%, reaching the lowest in almost three weeks on its sixth straight decline and the biggest decrease in three weeks. Fortune, "Stock Markets Are Falling Around the World as Fears of a U.S.-China Trade War Grow," 19 June 2018 The decrease in state funding means the necessity for bonds and for facilities, particularly for fast growth school districts continues, explained Sconzo, which has put more of the burden on local property tax payers to pay the bill. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "The debt cycle: Fast growth ISDs grapple with effects of increasing student populations," 2 June 2018 The decrease in both sales and volumes for prod The Street Campbell Soup is replacing its CEO as the company faces declining soup sales and considers sweeping changes for its broad portfolio of products. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Campbell Soup CEO suddenly exits as U.S. soup sales struggle," 18 May 2018 Furthermore, these dieters saw their systolic blood pressure decrease by approximately 7 millimeters of mercury. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Does daily fasting help with weight loss? About the 16:8 diet," 19 June 2018 What's stood out most, as Counsell noted, is the decrease in lift Santana has displayed with his swing. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After breakout season, Domingo Santana still searching for his power at the plate," 7 June 2018 Even women in their 30s—a group that had increasingly carried America’s childbearing in recent years—saw their fertility rate decrease in 2017. Janet Adamy, WSJ, "U.S. Births Hit Lowest Number Since 1987," 17 May 2018 Despite his dominance and playing every game last year, the six-time Pro Bowler has seen his snap percentage decrease slightly each of the last three seasons. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals 2018 NFL Draft strategy: Should it be the next Geno or next Peko?," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of decrease

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decrease

Verb

Middle English decreessen, from Anglo-French decrestre, from Latin decrescere, from de- + crescere to grow — more at crescent

Noun

see decrease entry 1

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decrease

verb

English Language Learners Definition of decrease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to become smaller in size, amount, number, etc.

: to make (something) smaller in size, amount, number, etc.

decrease

noun

English Language Learners Definition of decrease (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of becoming smaller or of making something smaller in size, amount, number, etc.

: the amount by which something is made smaller

decrease

verb
de·crease | \di-ˈkrēs \
decreased; decreasing

Kids Definition of decrease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to grow less or cause to grow less The numbers of students decreased.

decrease

noun
de·crease | \ˈdē-ˌkrēs \

Kids Definition of decrease (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the process of growing less a gradual decrease in interest

2 : the amount by which something grows less The school saw a five percent decrease in students.

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