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decrease

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verb de·crease \di-ˈkrēs, ˈdē-ˌ\

Definition of decrease

decreased

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decreasing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cause to decrease decrease the risk of heart disease trying to decrease our use of fossil fuels

decreasingly

play \di-ˈkrē-siŋ-lē, dē-\ adverb

Examples of decrease in a sentence

  1. Sales decreased by five percent this year.

  2. The driver decreased her speed as she approached the curve.

  3. These changes will decrease our expenses.

Origin and Etymology of decrease

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


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of decrease

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

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noun de·crease \ˈdē-ˌkrēs, di-ˈ\

Definition of decrease

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

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

Examples of decrease in a sentence

  1. Studies report a recent decrease in traffic accidents.

  2. Because of the injury, some decrease in mobility is to be expected.

  3. a decrease of three dollars

Origin and Etymology of decrease

see 1decrease


First Known Use: 14th century

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DECREASE Defined for English Language Learners

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verb de·crease \di-ˈkrēs, ˈdē-ˌ\

Definition of decrease for English Language Learners

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

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


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noun de·crease \ˈdē-ˌkrēs, di-ˈ\

Definition of decrease for English Language Learners

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

  • : the amount by which something is made smaller


DECREASE Defined for Kids

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decrease

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verb de·crease \di-ˈkrēs\

Definition of decrease for Students

decreased

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decreasing

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

Word Root of decrease

The Latin word crēscere, meaning “to grow,” gives us the root cresc or cre. Words from the Latin crēscere have something to do with growing. To increase is to grow greater in size or amount. To decrease is to grow smaller in size or amount. A crescendo in music is when the volume slowly grows louder.


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noun de·crease \ˈdē-ˌkrēs\

Definition of decrease for Students

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

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



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