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decrease

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of decrease

  1. the amount by which something is lessened the average decrease in the price of milk was five cents per gallon Synonyms of decrease abatement, decline, decrement, dent, depletion, depression, diminishment, diminution, drop, drop-off, fall, falloff, loss, reduction, shrinkage, step-down Words Related to decrease deduction, subtraction; downturn, slip, slump; curtailment, cut, cutback, retrenchment, shortening Near Antonyms of decrease accretion, accrual, accumulation, addition, supplement; continuation, extension; upswing, uptrend, upturn Antonyms of decrease boost, enlargement, gain, increase, increment, raise, rise, step-up, uptick


decrease

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of decrease

  1. 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 Synonyms of decrease abate, de-escalate, dent, deplete, diminish, downscale, downsize, drop, dwindle, ease, knock down, lessen, lower, reduce Words Related to decrease compress, condense, constrict, contract; abbreviate, abridge, clip, crop, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down, dock, nick, pare, prune, retrench, shorten, slash, trim, truncate, whittle; deflate, shrink; minimize; moderate, modify, modulate, qualify Near Antonyms of decrease blow up, dilate, distend, inflate, swell; elongate, extend, lengthen, prolong, protract; add (to), complement, supplement; enhance, heighten, intensify; redouble Antonyms of decrease aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, enlarge, escalate, expand, increase, raise

  2. 2 to grow less in scope or intensity especially gradually the force of the wind slowly decreased until the flowers were standing upright again Synonyms of decrease abate, decline, de-escalate, die (away or down or out), diminish, drain (away), drop (off), dwindle, ease, ebb, fall, fall away, lessen, let up, lower, moderate, pall, phase down, ratchet (down) also rachet (down), recede, relent, remit, shrink, subside, taper, taper off, wane Words Related to decrease compress, condense, constrict, contract; evaporate, fade (away), fritter (away), give out, melt (away), peter (out), tail (off), vanish; slacken, slow (down); alleviate, relax; flag, sink, weaken; cave (in), collapse, deflate Near Antonyms of decrease appear, emerge, show up; blow up, distend, elongate, lengthen Antonyms of decrease accumulate, balloon, build, burgeon (also bourgeon), enlarge, escalate, expand, grow, increase, intensify, mount, mushroom, pick up, rise, snowball, soar, swell, wax

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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