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

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Other Words from decrease

Verb

decreasingly \ di-​ˈkrē-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce decreasingly (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 Some current discounts for buses will decrease by half. Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "UTA tweaks schedules on Sunday, launches new fare structure on Tuesday," 27 Nov. 2020 There’s a wealth of research that shows light- to moderate-intensity exercise can decrease markers of stress and feelings of depression and anxiety, and overall boost mood. Jenny Mccoy, Glamour, "How to Prevent Holiday Depression This Year," 25 Nov. 2020 Early-morning clouds quickly decrease, but as sunshine emerges, winds crank up and chilly air pours in. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Chilly weather to start this week, with chance of rain early on Thanksgiving," 23 Nov. 2020 The measures close most public gathering places; decrease legal capacity at retail stores, salons and fitness centers; and limit indoor gatherings to household members. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "In-person entrance exams for Chicago’s selective high schools bring high anxiety about COVID-19 risk," 21 Nov. 2020 If a certain exercise hurts, decrease the range of motion, perform fewer sets or reps, or reduce the weight. Lauren Bedosky, Outside Online, "Strength Training for Lower-Back Pain," 18 Nov. 2020 Then, as the years go on, the coal requirements would steadily decrease while renewables would be allowed to steadily increase. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Here's what the Indiana Coal Council and other groups want for the state's energy future," 17 Nov. 2020 In the Senate, women’s seat share will decrease following Martha McSally's loss to Democratic challenger Mark Kelly in Arizona. Fortune, "The U.S. is too far behind the rest of the world when it comes to women in government," 16 Nov. 2020 But does your stack of executive orders decrease if you -- if Democrats win both of those Georgia Senate races? NBC News, "Meet the Press - November 15, 2020," 15 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Health Department spokeswoman Meg Mirivel said 68 adult beds in intensive care units were available on Thursday -- a decrease from the 75 beds available the day before. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, "State virus cases tick up by 2,348, set 1-day record," 27 Nov. 2020 There were 20 deaths among suburban residents between Nov. 15-21, a decrease from the week prior, when the board reported 34 deaths. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "New suburban Cuyahoga County coronavirus cases last week increased to 3,519, Board of Health reports," 27 Nov. 2020 As of Monday, no more than 25 people are allowed to gather indoors or outdoors in Virginia, a decrease from 250. Washington Post, "Friendsgiving is an epidemiologist’s nightmare. But its absence is hitting some young people hard.," 25 Nov. 2020 The league’s 72-game schedule, a decrease from the traditional 82 games, will begin Dec. 22 following preseason games from Dec. 11-19. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Play-in tournament for final playoff seeds will return for 2020-21 NBA season," 18 Nov. 2020 The city also plans to invest $16,963 into its playground and park, a big increase from its 2020 budget of $3,500, but a slight decrease from its 2019 plan. Jessica Saggio | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "McQueen's budget still under review by Pearl River Town Council," 18 Nov. 2020 That’s a decrease from the previous reporting period, when 15.4% such patients tested positive. Jared Weber, Dallas News, "Dallas County on track for 2,000 coronavirus cases a day by Thanksgiving, Jenkins says; Tarrant County reports 1,191 cases and 7 deaths," 12 Nov. 2020 That’s a decrease from August’s 1.3 months and July’s 1.2 months. oregonlive, "Portland homes hit highest average sale price of $516,500 due to low inventory, pent-up demand," 11 Nov. 2020 Clear Channel Outdoor, one of the nation’s largest billboard and outdoor advertising companies, posted $448 million in revenue for the quarter, a 31.5 percent decrease from the $653 million in revenue in the same period a year ago. Brandon Lingle, ExpressNews.com, "Clear Channel Outdoor takes $136 million loss in 3rd quarter," 9 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for decrease

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

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Last Updated

3 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Decrease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decrease. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for decrease

decrease

verb
How to pronounce decrease (audio) How to pronounce decrease (audio)

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

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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