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decrease

[ verb dih-krees; noun dee-krees, dih-krees ]
/ verb d瑟藞kris; noun 藞di kris, d瑟藞kris /
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verb (used without object), de路creased, de路creas路ing.
to diminish or lessen in extent, quantity, strength, power, etc.: During the ten-day march across the desert their supply of water decreased rapidly.
verb (used with object), de路creased, de路creas路ing.
to make less; cause to diminish: to decrease one's work load.
noun
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.

OTHER WORDS FOR decrease

1 wane, lessen, fall off, decline, contract, abate.
3 abatement, decline, subsidence, shrinking, dwindling, ebbing.
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Origin of decrease

1350鈥1400; Middle English decres (noun), decresen (v.) <Old French decreiss-, long stem of decreistre<Latin d膿cr膿scere (d膿-de- + cr膿scere to grow); see crescent

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1. Decrease, diminish, dwindle, shrink imply becoming smaller or less in amount. Decrease commonly implies a sustained reduction in stages, especially of bulk, size, volume, or quantity, often from some imperceptible cause or inherent process: The swelling decreased daily. Diminish usually implies the action of some external cause that keeps taking away: Disease caused the number of troops to diminish steadily. Dwindle implies an undesirable reduction by degrees, resulting in attenuation: His followers dwindled to a mere handful. Shrink especially implies contraction through an inherent property under specific conditions: Many fabrics shrink in hot water.

OTHER WORDS FROM decrease

un路de路creased, adjective
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What does聽decrease mean?

To decrease is to lessen or become reduced in number, amount, size, or in some other way, as in Our profits will continue to decrease unless we cut costs.

As a verb, decrease is also used in an active way in which someone or something is doing the decreasing, as in I鈥檓 going to decrease my hours at work or These sunglasses decrease glare. The word reduce is perhaps even more commonly used to mean the same thing.

Decrease can also be used as a noun referring to a reduction, as in We are experiencing a decrease in applicants.

It can also refer to the amount by which something has decreased, as in The decrease was $5,000 per year.

The words decreased and decreasing can both be used as adjectives, as in a decreased appetite or decreasing sales.

The opposite of decrease as both a verb and a noun is increase.

Example: Sally decided to decrease her workload, which led to a decrease in stress.

Where does聽decrease come from?

The first records of the word decrease come from the 1300s. It comes from the Latin verb d膿cr膿scere, from de-, which indicates negation, descent, or reversal, and the Latin verb cr膿scere, meaning 鈥渢o grow.鈥

Something that is decreasing is doing the opposite of growing鈥攊t鈥檚 becoming smaller in size, quantity, extent, or in some other way. As a noun, decrease indicates the opposite of growth.

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What are some other forms related to decrease?

  • decreased (past tense verb, adjective)
  • decreasing (continuous tense verb, adjective)

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How is聽decrease used in real life?

Decrease is an extremely common word that can be used in all kinds of contexts.

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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of decrease?

A. lessen
B. dwindle
C. enlarge
D. decline

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British Dictionary definitions for decrease

decrease

verb (d瑟藞kri藧s)
to diminish or cause to diminish in size, number, strength, etc
noun (藞di藧kri藧s, d瑟藞kri藧s)
the act or process of diminishing; reduction
the amount by which something has been diminished

Derived forms of decrease

decreasing, adjectivedecreasingly, adverb

Word Origin for decrease

C14: from Old French descreistre, from Latin d膿crescere to grow less, from de- + crescere to grow
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