- becoming less or fewer; diminishing.
- Mathematics. (of a function) having the property that for any two points in the domain such that one is larger than the other, the image of the larger point is less than or equal to the image of the smaller point; nonincreasing.Compare increasing(def 2).
Origin of decreasing
- to diminish or lessen in extent, quantity, strength, power, etc.: During the ten-day march across the desert their supply of water decreased rapidly.
- to make less; cause to diminish: to decrease one's work load.
- the act or process of decreasing; condition of being decreased; gradual reduction: a decrease in sales; a decrease in intensity.
- the amount by which a thing is lessened: The decrease in sales was almost 20 percent.
Origin of decrease
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Examples from the Web for decreasing
Actual cases of Ebola in Liberia, according the World Health Organization, are decreasing.The WHO’s Big Asterisk on Liberia’s Ebola Case Decrease
October 31, 2014
The glaciers are melting because snowfall is decreasing and temperatures are rising—bad news for wolverines.Who Will Save the Wolverine? Not the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
July 20, 2014
In an effort to save taxpayer dollars, states have been decreasing the number of beds in their psychiatric hospitals for decades.U.S. Prisons Becoming De Facto Home of the Mentally Ill
April 10, 2014
State funding for public colleges and universities has plummeted, decreasing by 40 percent across the country since 1980.The Price of College Has Increased 1120 Percent Since 1978, So Is It Worth It?
January 24, 2014
The increasing reliance on numbers has been accompanied by a decreasing reliance on true leadership.VMAs Red Carpet in Brooklyn Wouldn’t Have Been Possible Without NYPD
August 27, 2013
And up she went and down she went, shortening and lengthening, swelling and decreasing.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
Well, you are about to get better, my dear child; the fever is decreasing, and your head freer.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
At the times of both of these eclipses the solar activity was decreasing.The Story of Eclipses
On the other hand the percentage of women able to nurse their children is decreasing.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
Is it any wonder that the herring is now decreasing in numbers?Conservation Reader
Harold W. Fairbanks
- to diminish or cause to diminish in size, number, strength, etc
- the act or process of diminishing; reduction
- the amount by which something has been diminished
Word Origin and History for decreasing
late 14c., "detriment, harm;" early 15c. as "a becoming less or smaller," from Anglo-French decres; see decrease (v.).