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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

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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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