verb (used without object), de·creased, de·creas·ing.
verb (used with object), de·creased, de·creas·ing.
- decreasing term insurance,
- decree absolute
Origin of decrease
Examples from the Web for decrease
Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said the decline was a result of an effort to decrease gang violence.
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.”
And 9,869 people died from prescription opioids in 2012, a decrease from 2011, back to 2008 levels.
Another good suggestion in a case of this kind is to decrease the duration of the bath.Vitality Supreme|Bernarr Macfadden
This decrease cannot be accomplished quickly by any known medical miracle.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)|W. Grant Hague, M.D.
It is plain that a gear, like a lever, may change direction as well as increase or decrease power.Practical Mechanics for Boys|J. S. Zerbe
Courtesy increases, as we travel eastward round the world, coincidently with a decrease in the sense of self.The Soul of the Far East|Percival Lowell
The decrease in induced pressure is small, but it is always ample to allow the required increase in primary current.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
noun (ˈdiːkriːs, dɪˈkriːs)
Word Origin for decrease
late 14c., from Anglo-French decreiss-, present participle stem of decreistre, Old French descroistre (12c., Modern French décroître), from Latin decrescere "to grow less, diminish," from de- "away from" (see de-) + crescere "to grow" (see crescent). Related: Decreased; decreasing.
late 14c., "detriment, harm;" early 15c. as "a becoming less or smaller," from Anglo-French decres; see decrease (v.).