decrease

verb
de·​crease | \ di-ˈkrēs How to pronounce decrease (audio) , ˈdē-ˌkrēs How to pronounce decrease (audio) \
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 How to pronounce decrease (audio) , di-ˈkrēs How to pronounce decrease (audio) \

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

Other Words from decrease

Verb

decreasingly \ di-​ˈkrē-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce decrease (audio) , 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 Dust in the atmosphere can decrease the amount of sunlight that reaches the solar panels powering missions like Ingenuity. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 Jan. 2022 With enough renewable capacity and a way to transmit and store it, narrowing the energy mix would inherently decrease resilience. Louis Gritzo, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Tomorrow night: Clouds and breezes should decrease a bit. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 So, if the telescope moved into a higher orbit (a larger circular radius), the centripetal force would decrease. Rhett Allain, Wired, 7 Jan. 2022 Openings did decrease in restaurants and bars, construction work, and good manufacturing. Eli Rosenberg, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Jan. 2022 That doesn’t necessarily decrease the number of people who need to be in the hospital, as evidenced by Grady’s record-setting stats Thursday. Helena Oliviero, ajc, 30 Dec. 2021 Higher fertilizer prices could decrease use, reducing farm production, Fitch Solutions in a note published earlier this month. Kirk Maltais, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2021 Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines that decrease the amount of time health care workers should isolate with COVID, which increases our risk of exposure. Kathryn Ivey, Scientific American, 11 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 7-day average of daily new cases is 744,616, a 5% decrease from the previous week. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 22 Jan. 2022 The survey, which came from the running shoe-review company RunRepeat, also showed a 14% decrease in those who exercise four or more times a week. Mason Bissada, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Sales in higher education were down 5% for the year, as growth in Canadian and U.K. courseware was more than offset by a 6% decrease in U.S. higher-education courseware, the company said. Kyle Morris, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2022 Elgin had a 9% decrease in Group A crimes and a 9% increase in Group B crimes, Lalley said. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, 13 Jan. 2022 But in 2020, Alaska actually experienced a 50% decrease in the number of youths ages 10 through 19 who took their own lives, according to Van Kirk, the suicide prevention coordinator with the state. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Jan. 2022 Certain sections of Oliver have seen a 40% increase in the population and a significant decrease in crime, Closkey said. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, 10 Jan. 2022 At the time, the district cited a decrease in cases and an increase in vaccination rates in the community for the change. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Jan. 2022 But by November, enrollment dropped to about 2,700 accounts and 5.2 megawatts — a decline of 40 percent in the number of accounts and a 90 percent decrease in megawatts. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2022

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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 and Noun

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

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The first known use of decrease was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

26 Jan 2022

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“Decrease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decrease. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for decrease

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 How to pronounce decrease (audio) \
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 How to pronounce decrease (audio) \

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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