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 Three thousand tickets have been made available, in hopes that the number can increase down the road if the parish and state's coronavirus numbers remain stable or decrease. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Saints QB Drew Brees teams up with LaToya Cantrell for new coronavirus PSA," 22 Oct. 2020 Residents have also complained the towers and power lines will mar the view of the Pacific from a public park and decrease property values. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Opponents in San Marcos of SDG&E power line want a rehearing," 21 Oct. 2020 Doulas can help reduce the rate of Caesarean sections and decrease the risk of having a low-birthweight baby for Black mothers, according to a 2019 Politico analysis. Ayana Lage, Glamour, "A Birth Plan Can Save Black Women’s Lives," 20 Oct. 2020 As more activities have moved outdoors to decrease the risk of virus spread, these inequities are felt more than ever before. Katelyn Esmonde, CBS News, "Distance learning means kids are missing out on exercise," 20 Oct. 2020 Maybe that’s a pop-up shop filled with an influencer’s favorite brands—something that could become easier and more affordable as retail spaces empty and rents decrease—or, for influencers with a global audience, a similar shopping experience online. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Influencers Are the Retailers of the 2020s," 19 Oct. 2020 Risks decrease at such places as a free-standing ER, urgent care center, retail clinic/pharmacies, ambulatory care center such as an outpatient or doctor’s office, and physical therapy center. cleveland, "Seniors learn visiting healthcare centers can be safe: Olmsted Dates and Data," 19 Oct. 2020 That means mathematically, there are two ways to improve your case fatality ratio: decrease the number of deaths (great!), or increase the number of people who test positive (not great). Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s coronavirus scoreboard tells the story of an insufficient health response, but a recovering economy," 17 Oct. 2020 The calculator, created by the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health, also gives suggestions on how to decrease your risk, said Dr. Megan Ranney, the center's director and an emergency medicine physician. Holly Yan, CNN, "7 ways to stay healthy (and sane) during the fall coronavirus surge," 17 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That decrease includes cutting about 10% of its total positions. Jeff Adelson, NOLA.com, "City Hall unveils 2021 budget plans; cuts for police and fire depts, employee furloughs extended," 26 Oct. 2020 James Lynch, the research site lead for Prince George’s and a professor at the University of Maryland, said that in his conversations, county leaders have aligned that decrease with a commitment to youth diversion programs. Washington Post, "Black people are arrested for misdemeanors at disproportionately higher rates, study shows," 23 Oct. 2020 In its Hatred Index, Best Life cited New Jersey’s 2018 population decrease (-0.3%) and its flagging state pride (only 28%) as evidence for its spot on the list. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "New Jersey is the 'most hated' state in America, analysis allegedly determines," 22 Oct. 2020 After all, a decrease at the end of an experience may be offset by increases at the beginning. Sara Harrison, Wired, "Your Brain Prefers Happy Endings. That’s Not Always Smart," 22 Oct. 2020 Another important factor that could cause a decrease in pressure is known as the water flow rate. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Increase Your Home’s Water Pressure," 21 Oct. 2020 Goldfarb said some farmers have stopped working with him over the price decrease. sun-sentinel.com, "In Argentina, Jewish businessman starts kosher meat price war," 21 Oct. 2020 At its peak in mid-summer, that area recorded 40.8 cases per population of 100,000, and only a moderate decrease has occurred since then. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Why Sonoma is the only Bay Area county stuck in the strictest reopening tier," 21 Oct. 2020 There’s no question that historical factors like accessible health care, the migration from rural to urban areas, and even a decrease in barefootedness contributed to the decline of snakebite deaths in Costa Rica. Myles Karp, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Lab Saving the World From Snake Bites," 21 Oct. 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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Decrease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decrease. Accessed 29 Oct. 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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