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

Research has shown that the price of fruits and vegetables increased almost 75% between 1989 and 2005, and at the same time, the price of fatty foods decreased by more than 26%. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019 Gastric distension caused by sparkling water’s CO2 bubbles can decrease the pressure of the lower esophageal sphincter, which can then promote acid reflux, Dr. Chowdhry says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Sparkling Water Bad for You in Some Way?," 5 Apr. 2019 Today, there are 62 Forest Therapy Roads across Japan, and small but promising studies have shown that forest bathing decreases stress hormones and blood pressure rates. Brennan Kilbane And Theresa O'rourke, Allure, "The Best (Sort of) Free Ways to De-stress With Nature," 28 Mar. 2019 There are also some studies in humans demonstrating that CBD can decrease psychosis and schizophrenia-like symptoms. Kaitlyn Pirie, Woman's Day, "What Is CBD, and Why Is Everybody Talking About It?," 15 Feb. 2019 So, losing weight may help to lower your blood sugar levels by decreasing your insulin resistance. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Ways to Better Control Your Type 2 Diabetes," 19 Apr. 2019 Young boys’ pajama styles were fitted, which significantly decreased their chances of catching fire. Serah-marie Mcmahon, Teen Vogue, "This New Book Is All About the Dark (And Sometimes Bloody) History of Fashion," 12 Apr. 2019 Her method was also used in the medical field to improve X-ray images, which meant that doctors could decrease the amount of radiation exposure for patients during tests. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "32 Women Who’ve Changed Life As We Know It," 31 Mar. 2019 In 2018, sales of whole milk and whole-fat yogurt have increased by 1.6 percent and 11.6 percent, respectively, as fat-free yogurt has decreased by 10.9 percent. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How low-fat dairy came to rule the US — and why that’s changing.," 20 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meanwhile, December saw China’s first decrease in manufacturing activity since 2016 as new export orders declined for the seventh month in a row. Andy Puzder, WSJ, "Behind Xi’s Bluster Is a Vulnerable China," 9 Jan. 2019 Experts say the decrease in the overall cancer death rate is probably due to a combination of several factors. Korin Miller, SELF, "Cancer Deaths Have Declined 27 Percent in 25 Years, But Not Everyone Is Seeing the Same Benefit," 8 Jan. 2019 The research shows that plant-size changes, resulting in economies of scale, also made significant contributions to the decrease in solar panel cost since 2001. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "How the falling cost of solar panels can teach us to make new tech affordable," 26 Nov. 2018 This partnership is just one method cities are employing to deal with the 17 percent decrease in bus ridership since 1990. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "As bus ridership continues to decrease, cities are turning to creative alternatives.," 5 Nov. 2018 Overall revenue in 2017 fell to the institute’s lowest point in seven years, and its 2,500 employees represent a 20 percent decrease since 2009. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas Power Broker Hamilton shooting for the stars at Southwest Research Institute," 2 Apr. 2018 Ladywood has seen a 60 percent decrease in enrollment since 2005. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "St. Mary's Catholic school in Wayne to close after 93 years," 19 Feb. 2018 Hammett said that the department's focus on improving traffic safety since 2014 has led to a 40-percnt decrease in motor vehicle accidents since that year. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "University Heights committee to discuss upgrading city hall, and building a new one," 17 Jan. 2018 Net farm income has been roughly halved in the last four years, the largest four-year decrease since the Great Depression, the American Farm Bureau Federation says. Ana Swanson And Jim Tankersley, New York Times, "As Trump Appeals to Farmers, Some of His Policies Don’t," 7 Jan. 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 and Noun

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

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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 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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