OTHER WORDS FROM decreasingde·creas·ing·ly, adverbun·de·creas·ing, adjectiveun·de·creas·ing·ly, adverb
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What does decreasing mean?
Decreasing is an adjective that means lessening or in decline—becoming less in number, amount, size, or in some other way.
It comes from the continuous tense (-ing form) of the verb decrease, which means 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.
The word decreased can also be used as an adjective to describe things that have lessened or declined, as in a decreased appetite.
Example: Decreasing sales have forced the company to cut costs.
Where does decreasing come from?
The first records of the word decreasing as an adjective come from the 1300s. Decrease comes from the Latin verb dēcrēscere, from de-, which indicates negation, descent, or reversal, and the Latin verb crēscere, meaning “to grow.”
Something that’s described as decreasing is doing the opposite of growing—it’s becoming smaller in size, quantity, extent, or in some other way. The opposite of decreasing is increasing.
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What are some other forms related to decreasing?
- decreasingly (adverb)
- decrease (verb, noun)
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How is decreasing used in real life?
Decreasing is a common word that can be used in all kinds of contexts.
Why coffee is beginning to outsell booze at campus bars. Pubs at Western and McMaster both report decreasing sales in alcohol while coffee drinks are on the rise: https://t.co/Ph1usTeHOB pic.twitter.com/NVoHPdMfej
— CBC Toronto (@CBCToronto) April 20, 2018
One of the most interesting papers I've read this year, on the difference between decreasing returns and increasing returns in business.
It was written in 1996 and heavily edited by Cormac McCarthy. https://t.co/nJeWGGGdyl
— Patrick OShaughnessy (@patrick_oshag) June 17, 2019
— Chris Cillizza (@ChrisCillizza) June 3, 2014
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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of decreasing?
How to use decreasing in a sentence
That things like miniaturization and decreasing costs have democratized the ability of individuals or rogue nations to create harm on powerful countries.
Actual cases of Ebola in Liberia, according the World Health Organization, are decreasing.The WHO’s Big Asterisk on Liberia’s Ebola Case Decrease|Abby Haglage|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Doug Peacock|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A friendship-starting, pain-decreasing, Kremlin-bothering pass for dropping F-bombs?
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|Abby Haglage|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Andrew Rossi|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
White wool—Knit a row, decreasing it by taking the first two stitches together, and the last two.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
Although fishermen outnumber foresters at the present time, the number of fishermen has been decreasing.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
Only Jean knew, or ever knew, just how much of Henri's steadily decreasing funds went to that buying.The Amazing Interlude|Mary Roberts Rinehart
In less than a quarter of an hour, her masts and sails formed only a white obelisk, gradually decreasing against the horizon.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
Thus, the ratio is augmenting in Illinois, and decreasing in Missouri.