- 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 decrease
Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said the decline was a result of an effort to decrease gang violence.America’s 2014 Murder Capital
January 3, 2015
Neighboring Guinea and Liberia, said WHO, were presenting evidence of a decrease in cases.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families
December 10, 2014
In his mind, this is only as problematic as the decrease in international support that it may cause.
“The sense down there is we have to understand what [this decrease] is,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic tells The Daily Beast.
At least one study showed that weight loss resulted in an increase in the number of “Bacters” and a decrease in the “Firms.”‘Good Poop’ Diet Is the Next Big Thing
October 7, 2014
The slow time passed, and there was no decrease of the fire.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Business will increase largely, and the ratio of expenses will decrease.The Railroad Question
This will not decrease his opinion of your sagacity and firmness.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
In my heart I did not believe that Cullingworth had taken alarm at so trifling a decrease.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
This construction is used to decrease the weight of the battery.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
- 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 decrease
late 14c., "detriment, harm;" early 15c. as "a becoming less or smaller," from Anglo-French decres; see decrease (v.).