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decrease

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the amount by which something is lessened
  • the average decrease in the price of milk was five cents per gallon

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decrease

verb

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1 to make smaller in amount, volume, or extent
  • workers decreased the volume of water flowing through the pipes in order to prevent an overflow

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2 to grow less in scope or intensity especially gradually
  • the force of the wind slowly decreased until the flowers were standing upright again

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

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“Decrease.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/de%20crease. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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